two loanees arrive ahead of the derby

Photo credit - Kirk O'Rourke Rangers FC.
Photo credit - Kirk O'Rourke Rangers FC.

Arbroath have announced the loan signings of Darren Ramsay from Rangers and Andrew Ryan from Hamilton Accies.

Attacking midfielder Ramsey signs until January while striker Ryan arrives on a three-month deal.

Manager Todd Lumsden refused to rule out any more transfer activity.

He said: “Andy Ryan from Hamilton is an out-and-out striker. Darren Ramsay from Rangers can play off the striker or in either wide area, so we’re adding more quality going forward. It adds competition to the squad for places, we’ve got some good forward players.

“It’s possibly the end of us in terms of recruitment but you never say never. If a player comes up that is better than what we’ve got, you can’t not look at them. There aren’t that many free agents out there.”

Arbroath tasted defeat in their League Two opener last Saturday but the boss refused to be too critical of his players, considering they played with 10 men for an hour.

He said: “We conceded after four minutes but we started quite brightly in those four minutes. Then we gave the ball away cheaply, we were caught out of possession and they score a goal from a ball we should have dealt with better. We did okay from there, not really a threat from either side, and then the penalty changes everything. They go two up and we lose a man.

We wanted to change the shape in the second half to get two up front. In the second half I didn’t feel that they dominated us in terms of having the extra man, which is good to see. Then for the third goal, we’ve given the ball away again and they just roll it across the box, the boy taps it in unmarked.

“It’s disappointing but remember we had 10 men for 60 minutes. The boys are very disappointed so that shows where their expectation is and where ours is, because going down to 10 men there’s still an expectation there that we should go and get something. It’s a good mindset to have.

“We’re disappointed with the outcome but the sending off has a massive say on the outcome of the game. We’ve dealt with it, we’ve reflected on it and we’re now looking to Saturday and the Montrose game.”

There could be more than the enforced change following Craig Wilson’s red card but Lumsden said he wouldn’t make a knee-jerk reaction.

Todd added: “Playing Montrose in the derby is a good thing at any time. The players will be keen to show they didn’t do well enough the week before but it’s a big game regardless and they’ll be up for it. There’s one enforced change we’ll make so we’ll see how the players train.

“There’s no real need for a knee-jerk reaction when we played with 10 men for an hour, but if there are changes to make, we will make them.”