GAME ON: Fed and Gowfers bosses say they’ll defy relegation favourites tag

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The county’s Super League duo Carnoustie Panmure and Broughty Athletic are favourites for the drop from the top flight of the East Region.

That’s according to the bookies at least.

But if you speak to the managers you’ll hear something very different, something spoken with that much conviction that you can’t disagree with.

Broughty boss Keith Gibson said: “I don’t look at the odds for relegation or things like that.

“I think it’ll be a motivation to do well. People are writing us off already and I don’t mind that. I know where we’re wanting to be this season.

“I think you’ve got your established clubs that will always do well, Bo’ness and Linlithgow and so on. These teams have been there for years. The sides around the middle we’re expecting to be very competitive with. But we’re still looking to be competitive with the guys at the top as well.

“Hopefully we get off to a good start in the first five or six games then take it from there.”

Gowfers gaffer Alan McSkimming felt similarly.

He said: “You take the bookies’ odds with a pinch of salt. This year we’ve got two teams up from the league below us who are sitting vastly ahead of us in terms of the odds. The proof will be at the end of the season.

“We want to build on last season. We’ve been in the league for three years since I’ve been here. That itself sets the stall out.

“From the second half of last season, and with the way we’re building the squad this season, we’re looking to have a really, really strong season ahead of us.”