New players will boost Gowfers

Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.

Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.

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CARNOUSTIE Panmure manager Ian Gilzean will be looking to bolster his squad this summer, writes Johnston Ralston.

The gaffer is planning to beef up the pool’s offensive capabilities now that John Tonner has gone to Tayport, Kev Cumming to St Andrews United and Scott Gates to Lochee United.

Ian said: “We’ve lost a few boys, but every season we’re going to lose some and hopefully we’ll be able to sign some players who will be able to move us forward.

“Scott Gates was a big loss. We wanted to keep hold of him, but he was out of contract.”

On the plus side, Andy Cowan is fit to train and it looks as though Alan McSkimming will be making a sideways move this season, in the beginning at least.

McSkimming, who suffered badly with injury last season, is now a certified level one club coach.

Ian commented: “He’ll now come onto the coaching side of it with myself and Graeme Christie. I don’t think he is going to be ready to play straight away. Whether he’ll play again to the same standard as he did, I don’t know.”

Other good news comes in the shape of goalkeeper Chris MacPherson, who has signed from Broughty Athletic, and central defender John Young from Dundee United.

Pre-season training began on Monday, with fixtures scheduled for late July. Asked if he was looking forward to pre-season, Ian said: “Definitely, pre-season friendlies are useful for them to get minutes under their belts and to get used to the tempo of the game. We’ll work on fitness for the first couple of weeks and see where we are. We’re well sorted for midfielders and defence.

“We’ll get a couple more attacking options and then hopefully we’ll be squared up.”