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Elgin forward Shane Sutherland targets good run of form

Elgin striker Shane Sutherland
Elgin striker Shane Sutherland

Elgin City attacker Shane Sutherland is targeting a run of victories to claw his side towards League 2 respectability, starting with today’s trip to Montrose.

City are five points adrift of East Stirling at the bottom of the league, and seven points behind today’s opponents with two games in hand on the Gable Endies.

Sutherland believes the teams occupying a congested mid-table will be within reach if the Black and Whites can get points on board soon.

Sutherland said: “The three most consistent teams are Arbroath, Queen’s Park and Albion Rovers, and they’re at the top by rights. But the rest are probably disappointed they are so far behind.

“With a couple of results we’ll be right back in the mix in mid-table, then it would be all positive again.

“The good thing is we play teams four times a season, so that’s four chances to take points.

“We need to make Borough Briggs a hard place for teams to come to, and make they don’t get easy points in the same way we don’t get easy points on the road.”

Youngsters Ally Gilchrist and Craig Thomson could make their debuts at Links Park this afternoon, after joining on loan from St Johnstone a fortnight ago.

The pair are manager Jim Weir’s first signings since replacing Barry Wilson at Borough Briggs last month, and although Sutherland expects more additions to follow, the 24 year-old urged his team-mates not to fear for their futures.

Sutherland added: “Hopefully they can come in and make a difference, they are young players so will be enthusiastic with a chance to prove themselves playing games every week.

“The manager will want to bring in his own players, whether the budget is there for him I don’t know. But he’ll do his best to try to improve the squad.

“That’s not anything against the players here, he’s just looking to strengthen.”

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