McKinnon is facing up to his mission impossible

Selkirk Football Club, Yarrow Park, Selkirk.
Selkirk Football Club, Yarrow Park, Selkirk.

Selkirk Football Club coach Mike McKinnon is at the end of his tether following his team’s 9-1 thrashing by Dalbeattie Star last weekend.

And the beleaguered Yarrow Park boss has spoke, in no uncertain terms, about his thoughts concerning his struggling side’s current situation.

Mike McKinnon. Selkirk FC Manager.

Mike McKinnon. Selkirk FC Manager.

“I am completely disillusioned at the moment,” he told The Southern.

“We were without seven players against Dalbeattie. One guy just did not bother turning up and I am not quite sure what some others were doing. This speaks volumes.

“It’s hard enough in the Lowland League with a full squad, never mind a depleted one. It’s really starting to get soul destroying.

“I am working on my own as I have no coaches, and I am beginning to think this is an impossible task.

“There are a few good players in the squad, but there are others who need to have a good look at themselves in the mirror and question themselves about their attitude and commitment. It’s seems to be the norm now that we get beat every Saturday. Attitudes will have to change.

“I take a share of the blame myself as I am the manager and brought in these players, and it’s up to me to get things sorted out.”

On Saturday Selkirk travel to play a full-strength Vale of Leithen at Victoria Park, with the hosts being hot favourites to gain full points – but McKinnon is looking for his men to stand up and be counted.

“It’s a derby game and derby games can, at times, cause upsets, although it must be said Selkirk will have to pull something extra special out of the bag to get a result.”

Fresh from their impressive win over Threave Rovers, Gala Fairydean Rovers entertain East Kilbride at Netherdale.

In the East of Scotland first division Hawick Royal Albert travel to face Ormiston. The Albert are minus suspended Andy Williamson, while Paul Russell and Peter Keenan are also out. Declan Hogg returns. Peebles Rovers host Burntisland Shipyard and Kelso United are at the seaside, facing Berwick Rangers Reserves.