lichties are on life support!

Leighton McIntosh, who scored on his debut on Saturday in the 3-2 defeat to Ayr United.
Leighton McIntosh, who scored on his debut on Saturday in the 3-2 defeat to Ayr United.

With scheduled opponents Dunfermline Athletic in Scottish Cup action against Rangers at Ibrox tonight (Friday), Arbroath are without a game tomorrow.

But will the break be a welcome one for Paul Sheerin’s men?

After ending a horrendous run of results which stretched back to October, when they won against Stenhousemuir three weeks ago, defeats to Rangers and Ayr United have followed.

There is no getting away from it, the Lichties are in a relegation battle.

They are level on points with bottom club Airdrie, only goal difference keeping them off the foot of League One.

Looking up, East Fife are the closest side, but they are six points ahead of the Maroons with a game in hand.

It’s going to be tough, there are no bones about it.

The Gayfield gaffer is clearly hoping his side can play their way out of trouble, with a game against Carnoustie Panmure on Wednesday night providing a morale boosting 6-2 win. Bobby Linn (2), Paul McManus (2), Lari Yao and Alan Cook were the scorers.

And the Lichties head west tonight to play Clyde in a friendly match.

These games will provide transfer window signings such as McManus with the opportunity to get game time and the chance to gel with their new team-mates.

Saturday’s match against Ayr was disappointing and is more likely to be remembered for the unbelievable conditions – Bobby Linn being completely soaked by a wave while taking a corner will surely go down in Gayfield folklore.

And it is safe to say that the referee did not cover himself in glory, turning down a stonewall penalty when loan signing Leighton McIntosh was felled in the first half and chalking off a goal in the second half when a Linn cross sailed into the net.

But as they say when you’re down you’re down.

Arbroath’s game with Dunfermline which was due to be played tomorrow at East End Park has been re-arranged.

It will now be played on Tuesday, February 25 with a 7.45 p.m., kick-off.

* Supporters can now also collect all of their favourite Arbroath players in the new 2014 Scottish Professional Football League official sticker collection.

The sticker book, published by Topps features all 42 Scottish League clubs including the Lichties.

Rod Pearson, marketing director at Topps, said: “This inaugural official collection celebrates the new SPFL formation and marks an historic moment, being the first and only sticker collectible to feature players from all four leagues.”