Under-fire O’Connor set to stay at Yarrow Park

Selkirk v East Kilbride Phil Addison
Selkirk v East Kilbride Phil Addison

Having licked their wounds following a heavy defeat at the hands of old rivals Gala Fairydean Rovers, Selkirk showed signs of healing in their encounter with East Kilbride last Saturday.

This weekend, the Souters are gunning to get back to full health, hitting the road to face Edinburgh University in the Lowland League.

Despite stories circulating that he was leaving the club, included in the Selkirk squad is former Hibs, Lokomotiv Moscow and Birmingham City star Garry O’Connor.

Reflecting on this, Selkirk team boss Stevie Forrest told The Southern: “There have been a lot of rumours going about, but under no circumstances is Garry O’Connor leaving Selkirk.

“Garry has spoken to the Selkirk management, as well as the coaching team, and has said that he is remaining with Selkirk and that’s the end of it as far as I am concerned.”

O’Connor is currently waiting on treatment for a recurring back injury, but Forrest insists that the 31-year-old striker will be back within the playing ranks sooner rather than later.

“Garry is keen to take on a coaching role in the future and will work on that side of his career while playing for Selkirk.”

Moving on to Selkirk’s impending clash with Edinburgh University, Forrest said: “We beat the University at home but they skelped us in Edinburgh, so I don’t know what to make of that.

“When we lost to Gala Fairydean Rovers we played like a team that hadn’t played for a while.

“However, against East Kilbride we showed we were getting the cogs going again and if we perform the same way against the University, we can get the points that we sorely need.”

Elsewhere in the Lowland League this weekend, Gala Fairydean Rovers take on Threave Rovers at Netherdale, while Vale of Leithen travel to tangle with BSC Glasgow.

On the East of Scotland First Division scene, Kelso United are away to neighbours Duns.

Commenting on the current state of affairs at Woodside Park, chairman Mike Tait told us: “We are team-building at the moment and our manager, Prof Blaikie, has brought in three young players from Kelso Thistle.

“It will take time for them to adjust to East of Scotland football, but they are showing promise. This is the route that Kelso are now taking.”

Peebles Rovers entertain Heriot-Watt University in a top-of-the-table encounter at Whitestone Park, while Hawick Royal Albert are away to Ormiston.