Lichties star Linn says bring on the Pars

Bobby Linn. Photo - Graham H Black.
Bobby Linn. Photo - Graham H Black.

Bobby Linn says Arbroath are ready to take a full-time scalp in tomorrow’s Petrofac Training Cup game when Dunfermline Athletic visit Gayfield.

The Pars come to Angus in the first competitive game of the season and Linn is raring to get stuck into the League One outfit.

Bobby said: “We’ll have a go at Dunfermline on Saturday because we think we can beat them. They’re coming to our place for the first competitive game of the season. We’ve got a lot of new players in who want to do well.

“Looking at them as a full-time team, it’s a scalp for us and we think we can beat them in front of our own fans.”

It’s usually a few weeks before mid-week games become a reality but the Lichties will have one next week when they visit Championship winners Hearts on Thursday night.

The Scottish League Cup first round tie was brought forward because of Hearts’ scheduled Premiership game clashing with the original date.

Linn is buzzing for the game against the Premiership new boys but said the fixture change is far from ideal for the part-time club.

He continued: “The Hearts game has been moved which is great for them but it’s not so great for us. Guys have got to work and they’ll be coming from all over.

“But you can’t argue against playing at Tynecastle in front of Hearts. So early on as well, you can’t ask for much more.”

Todd Lumsden’s side had won every game of pre-season without conceding a goal before last Friday’s 5-0 loss to Rangers in a closed doors game.

Linn said the players didn’t really turn up for the fixture but added there was a silver lining to the heavy defeat.

He said: “We never turned up against Rangers. The pitch was excellent at Murray Park. We just never got going.

“For me it’s a positive though, we got beat 5-0 on the Friday and had the weekend off. You just want to get back to the training field on the Monday and work on things.

“It’s been all positive this week.”

The club this week confirmed the signing of 24-year-old midfielder Sergio Cecilia Alvarez.

The Spaniard arrives after impressing through pre-season, including a great goal against Edinburgh City.

He was previously with Tenerife outfit Atletico Victoria.

The acquisition gives Lumsden a strong pool of players to pick from.