Humbled Linn vows to wreck title party

AFC v Queen's Park
AFC v Queen's Park

Arbroath forward Bobby Linn says he’s planning on ruining Albion Rovers’ League Two title party tomorrow when the Smokies visit Cliftonhill.

The Lichties will travel to Coatbridge to face Darren Young’s side just a week after it was confirmed that the Rovers would be promoted to League One as champions of the fourth tier.

And Linn said that he’s happy to applaud their opponents onto the field as champions because they deserve such respect, but stressed that the visitors will try to upset the party as best they can.

Bobby said: “We need to ruin Albion Rovers’ title celebrations don’t we? We’ll go there and they’ll get the trophy. We’ll clap them onto the pitch of course, they’ve done well. They’ve been the better team and won the league, so congratulations to them.

“But we’ll come and try to spoil the party on Saturday. It could be motivational to see them lift the title or it could be a negative thing. But it’s a young team, and we need to keep on top of the young boys and keep their eyes on the play-offs.”

Linn was announced as part of the four-man shortlist for the SPFL League Two Player of the Year award alongside teammate Simon Murray.

We need to ruin Albion Rovers’ title celebrations don’t we?

Bobby Linn

The Maroons duo are joined by Shane Sutherland of Elgin City and Paul Woods of Queen’s Park.

Bobby said he was humbled by the recognition from his peers and praised his young teammate Murray on a whirlwind year.

He told the Herald: “I’m delighted obviously. We’ve done pretty well this season as a team, but it’s always nice to be individually recognised, especially by your own peers. I’m humbled that they’ve chosen me.

“I’m delighted for Simon, it’s just going from strength to strength for him. He got his big move and now this. It’s just a learning curve for him.

“I’ve been around the block a bit and I’ve been involved with nominations before, although I’ve never won it. So it would be nice to win it and of course, for both of us to be in for it from the same team is always nice as well.”

The forward added that the players shouldn’t need much in the way of motivational work after they confirmed their play-off spot.

He said: “For me as the most senior player of the team, I have to ask - can it get anywhere worse? One win in 2015? Of course it can’t get any worse than that. We’ve got a young team with a lot of young boys, we need to gee them up and let them know what’s at stake.

“That’s the incentive. Not many players can ever say they’ve been part of a promotion-winning team,”