Improvement needed says boss

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin hopes his players can learn from their mistakes in pre-season before the competitive campaign begins in a week’s time.

The Lichties’ 5-1 defeat at the hands of SPL side Aberdeen on Saturday means they are still without a victory in their warm up games.

Wednesday should have given the Gayfield men a chance to redeem themselves with a friendly against Motherwell, but that fell victim to the weather.

And with Keith next up for the Lichties tomorrow (Saturday) and Dundee United at Gayfield on Tuesday evening, Mr Sheerin is hoping for improvement.

He told HeraldSport: “On Saturday against Aberdeen I think we needed more application more than anything else.

“I haven’t had to criticise our application before but I don’t think it was too great.

“But now all the players are aware of what we are looking for and its still early doors so as long as we are learning from our mistakes in time for our first competitive match next week against Elgin.

“We only have 14 signed players at the minute and we will get a look at another couple tomorrow but it is now time to cut down on the number of trialists.

“We are getting to the business end with the season only a week away and we need to have a squad in place.”

However, putting that squad in place is still proving difficult with the boss admitting he would have liked to have a full squad in place by now.

He added: “We have no more signed players at the minute and obviously I would have liked to have more in the squad.

“I know I say this every week but it has been very slow this season with other clubs still sorting out players so we know there are people out there.

“We will have another two or three in tomorrow to have a look at.”

With the Rangers situation coming to a sort of conclusion this week, it was confirmed on Monday that Airdrie United, would be taking the place of Dundee in Division One next season.

This is despite the Lichties finishing second in Division Two, 11 points ahead of Airdrie.

And even though the manager doesn’t agree with the resolution, he is glad some clarity has been brought to the situation.

He said: “We knew this was going to happen although it wasn’t set in stone.

“But if Dundee finish second and go up, it should be the same for all leagues.

“But the decision has been made and we just hope that a line has been drawn under the situation now and there are no more twists and turns.”

Arbroath will now play Stranraer away on the first day of the league season on August 11 after the promotion of Airdrie United to Division One.