Stay sharp Panmure, says Ian

Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.
Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.

THINGS are looking up weather wise this weekend, but Panmure manager Ian Gilzean is hoping that their long break has not made them soft, writes Johnston Ralston.

The Gowfers were without a competitive game again on Saturday after Lochee Harp’s pitch was adjudged unplayable, but with the weather improving, Saturday’s cup clash against Glenrothes could go ahead.

Ian said: “The boys are looking forward to this weekend and the forecast is looking a bit milder.

“We pipped Glenrothes to promotion a couple of years ago and not played them since, but we beat them twice in three weeks to make that promotion.

“It’ll be difficult for the boys to get back into it after so long off. It’s been more than four weeks since their last league game.

“We just try to train as hard as we can to keep the sharpness and the fitness there, but at the end of the day it’s all about match fitness.”

Fortunately, Panmure have a strong pool to work with, missing only a couple of players.

Ian said: “We’ve got everyone available, except for Danny Millar who was sent off in the game against Tayport.

“We’re also trying to bring someone in on loan before the weekend if everything works out OK.

“Goalkeeper Joe McGovern’s loan with us is up, so he’ll miss out on Saturday. In the New Year we’ll talk to Dundee United and see about an extension.”

Glenrothes have had a mixed run in their own league and Ian is confident of getting a result.

He said: “If we play to the standard we can, we’ll be fine.

“This is a good game for us to get, if we go about it in the right manner and put in a good performance that will lead us well into our next two league games.”