2 new faces to start against Stirling

Jul 22, 2022

Peterhead manager Jim McInally has added Jamie Redman and Craig Simpson to his squad for tomorrow’s game at Stirling Albion.

The duo, who were both Peterhead players in the past, could be handed quick-fire debuts in the final group game of the Premier Sports Cup as injuries and suspension have left the Balmoor men even more depleted than they have been in recent weeks.

Jim said: “Jamie has not played for a while due to business and family commitments, however he is a really fit boy who takes more than a passing interest in our club in fact I was speaking to him at the recent friendly with Dundee.”

“Craig is known to some of our players and was with the club as a youngster. He is presently unattached so he has also offered to come in and help us out as otherwise we could have been facing Stirling with less than a full team.”

“They will be a big part of the game against Stirling and I look forward to having them involved..”

There is some good news in that Jason Brown is available after a ban however Paul Dixon is suspended after an appeal into his red card against Dumbarton was rejected. The club skipper will be joined on the side-lines by Andy McDonald and Ryan Dow who have picked up two bookings each.

Ryan Strachan and Andy McCarthy have undertaken some training this week however they are not fit enough to play with both Hamish Ritchie and Russell McLean requiring operations before their playing careers can resume.

Cody McLeod is a doubt to leave Jim saying: “We had Stirling watched in midweek against Aberdeen and we know that they will have been disappointed by the half-time score. They will be out to make amends against us. After a bright start against Aberdeen for ourselves, it has not been a great competition for us. Hopefully we can get back on a positive footing at Forthbank.”

Team news

Jamie Redman and Craig Simpson have been added and could both start if Cody McLeod fails to shake off an illness bug.

Suspension rules out skipper Paul Dixon as well as Ryan Dow and Andrew McDonald however Jason Brown makes his first appearance of the season following a three-game ban.

Ryan Strachan, Andy McCarthy, Hamish Ritchie and Russell McLean will all miss out due to injuries however Strachan and McCarthy are making progress and could return to full training next week.