Sheerin grateful for weekend off

Arbroath v Brechin City August 31, 2013
Arbroath v Brechin City August 31, 2013

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin believes the international break couldn’t have come at a better time for the Lichties.

The Gayfield side are without a game due to Scotland facing Belgium tonight (Friday).

But when the action returns next weekend they face a trip to Ibrox to meet league leaders Rangers.

And with several players still struggling with injury, the boss is glad of the break.

He told HeraldSport: “I’m quite happy about the break this weekend because we’ve had so many injuries and other problems, it is good to have a weekend off so players can get back to fitness.

“Cookie [Alan Cook] probably came back a bit too early on Saturday and hopefully Keddie will be fit again.

“We’ve had a bit of bad luck with injuries so hopefully we’ve got it out of the way at this early stage.”

The players will have an unusual Saturday off tomorrow, but the Lichties faced Stirling Albion in a bounce game last night (Thursday).

The boss added: “Saturday will give the players a chance to recharge their batteries and not have to deal with travelling so hopefully it will be a benefit.

“Then we will be back at training on Monday ready for the build up to the Rangers game.

The Lichties head to Ibrox on the back of an impressive 2-1 win against local rivals Brechin City.

Loan signing Lee Erwin stole the show by bagging a brace on his Arbroath debut.

But the boss also had encouraging words for fellow loan star, Bradley Donaldson, who also made his debut on Saturday.

He said: “I think it speaks volumes that Bradley wasn’t overly tested and the way he went about his business.

“He did everything we asked of him.

“Of course Lee takes the plaudits as he got the goals with two unbelievable finishes.

“But both had very encouraging debuts.

“And hopefully it will spur them to keep kicking on from now.”

l The club will be running a bus to Ibrox for the away game against Rangers next Saturday (September 14).

The bus will leave Gayfield at 11.30 a.m. and return immediately after the match.

Bus tickets are £10 and there is a strict no alcohol policy.

There are also match tickets still available for Arbroath supporters as they are now on general sale. Around 300 tickets have been sold so far with many still left.

Match tickets or bus tickets can be purchased from Gayfield today (Friday) from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and during the next week at the same times. The office will also be open tomorrow (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.