Selkirk hope to unveil their new signing Paul Clancy against Vale of Leithen on Saturday at Yarrow Park in a Lowland League encounter, writes John Slorance.
Their sights were set on their newest charge after watching him tear them apart in a friendly against Haddington.
“Fortunately, they took him off at half-time,” explained Selkirk boss Steve Forrest, “but I remember asking someone ‘how do I get one of them?’”
The reply at the time was: “With great difficulty”, but after a meeting with the former junior international player, who has recently parted ways with top side Newtongrange Star, Forrest got his wish.
“I’m absolutely delighted that Paul will be coming to join us,” added the Souters chief.
“He is a very experienced player and will fill in a problem we have on the left wing, as well as bringing more physical strength to the side.”
Reflecting on the derby match against Vale, Forrest told us: “It has all the makings of being an exciting game.
“The Vale got a great result, beating Gala Fairydean Rovers in the Image Printers Cup last Saturday and will be on a high.
“Vale will be looking to gain revenge over us as we beat them 4-2 a while back.
“We were awful in the first half and were two goals down at half-time and the players were told how poor they had been through a few choice words in the dressing room.
“The message must have gotten through to them as in the second half we were a different side and went on to pull off a very good win.
“The same result would do us nicely on Saturday”.
Kelso United face Ormiston in an East of Scotland first division clash at Woodside Park.
Commenting on this, United boss Prof Blaikie said: “We are down at the bottom of the league and Ormiston are near the top, so it will be a tough game for us.
“But every game is a tough one. We need to start working our way up the league so we will be looking for a result”.
The Tweedsiders are without suspended pair Darren Bowie and Dean Boyne, but add new signing John Hopkinson to their squad.
Hawick Royal Albert have club captain Michael Mckenzie back from suspension for their home match with Burntisland Shipyard.
Peebles Rovers travel to cross swords with Duns.