ARBROATH PREVIEW

Scott Gibb is Shire’s main injury worry ahead of the vital trip to Gayfield to face promotion-chasing Arbroath.

The Northern Ireland under-20 international has been suffering from a neck injury which has stopped him training this week.

“It’s giving him a problem at the moment,” said coach Jim McInally. “But we will keep checking on the situation and we will give him every chance to play.”

Joe Savage has finally shaken off his groin problem and he will travel to Arbroath, one of his former clubs.

“He has put in two decent shifts at training and will certainly be in the 16 for the game,” said McInally.

The coach realises this game is absolutely vital to the team’s chances of lifting itself off the bottom of the Third Division table.

“We need to win at least two of our final three games,” he said. “We will go there with some confidence having been unbeaten in our last three.

“But we need to find a bit of composure in front of goal. If we can do that then we have a chance.

“Arbroath are a difficult team to beat at their own place and we are under no illusions about the task. They are also on on a good run of results.

“But they have Barry Sellars, who I  consider to be their best player, suspended and Bryan Scott who has scored a good number of goals is injured.

“So they won’t be at full strength and that can only be good for us.”

A Shire win is vital, but there are also two other games fans will be keeping an eye on.

Dumbarton face a difficult home match with Montrose while the two other teams in the mix, Forfar and Albion Rovers, meet at Station Park.

If Shire can repeat last season’s 2-1 win at Gayfield it would give them 31 points, which if the Dumbarton match goes to form, would leave them just a point behind with a trip to The Rock the following Saturday.

Interestingly, if Albion Rovers lose at Forfar they would be just two points behind Shire with two games to play.

“We will certainly not give up,” said McInally. “We know it will be difficult but we know as well we are in a positive frame of mind and are willing to give it everything we have got.”

Kick Off is now available on shireTV. Coach Jim McInally shares his thoughts on the Arbroath trip and talks about team building for next season.

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