Goram puts the boot into SPL

ANDY Goram has recalled his fond memories of the Borders – while also taking a swipe at the clubs who booted his beloved Rangers out of the SPL, writes Kenny Paterson.

The former Rangers and Scotland goalkeeper was a guest at Selkirk’s friendly with Hibs under-20s on Tuesday night, which saw the Souters take a creditable 1-1 draw ahead of another glamour friendly against a Celtic XI on Saturday.

Goram told TheSouthern: “I have been here many times when playing cricket for Kelso.

“I was also down a few years ago playing in a charity game at Selkirk when I played as a striker and scored.

“I have got strong ties with the Borders.

“There are a lot of Rangers supporters down here, and I have been to a lot of functions in Selkirk, Kelso and Hawick.”

With Selkirk just one game away from a potential Scottish Cup meeting with Third Division Rangers, Goram expects the Ibrox outfit to be targeted by lower league clubs all season.

“It is not going to be easy, as you saw in the Brechin match,” added Goram.

“Rangers are fine, we have got what we wanted and probably what we deserved.

“We certainly got what everyone else wanted, but you are now going to see a lot of teams in the SPL struggling financially. They wanted Rangers out, so they have made their bed and we will see how they lie in it.”

Selkirk contained their Edinburgh hosts for the first half of Tuesday’s friendly, with Sam Stanton – who earlier in the day had celebrated his first Scotland Under-19 call-up – threatening with a mazy run and shot, only to be denied by Selkirk stopper John Dodds.

Instead, Danny Handling opened the scoring on 52 minutes with a neat finish past Dodds.

However, Selkirk came back and a lovely move on 64 minutes ended with a blistering volley by Michael Holness being saved by substitute goalkeeper Paul Grant, only for Jason Inglis to tap in the rebound.

Hibs pushed for a winner in the closing stages, but Selkirk’s own sub stopper Bruce Connelly made a fine stop to deny Scott Smith a late winner.

Souters’ boss Mike McKinnon was delighted with the performance, and looking forward to Saturday’s match against a Celtic side led by former player turned coach John Kennedy. Their squad list contains a number of players involved in last year’s double-winning under-19 side.

McKinnon added: “It will be another step-up. They won their league last season as well as the Scottish Youth Cup final with an 8-0 win.

“They will probably be sharper and quicker, but we will give it a go.”