Dou­glas de­light at clean sheet

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

VET­ERAN keeper Rab Dou­glas has sym­pa­thy for the dropped David Hut­ton af­ter he re­placed him in a sur­prise re­turn to ac­tion at Ham­p­den for Ar­broath.

Gay­field man­ager Dick Camp­bell opted to bring Dou­glas in as he was un­happy with some of the goals his side con­ceded re­cently.

And the for­mer Dundee, Celtic and Scot­land shot­stop­per kept a clean sheet as the Lichties ran out 2-0 win­ners over Queen’s Park in League One.

Dou­glas, 45, said: “It does not mat­ter if you are 18 or 45, get­ting a clean sheet at Ham­p­den is bril­liant.

“This is my third stint help­ing Ar­broath out and I didn’t think I would ever play but there was a dis­cus­sion this week and I knew what the man­ager was think­ing.”

He added: “I was gut­ted for David as it is the one po­si­tion where you can­not play any­where else. It has hap­pened to me but he was only one of four changes that were made.

“It is the loneli­est place in the world when you make a mis­take, and I have a black belt in mak­ing them,” he said.

“I am go­ing to savour this game and not just be­cause of the clean sheet. It could be my last one. Ar­broath are a great club with good peo­ple so I am pleased that I have fi­nally been able to help them.”

Hut­ton is set to be re­called next week­end against Ber­wick Rangers in the Scot­tish Cup as Dou­glas has a prior com­mit­ment.

Goals i n the 20th and 56th min­utes from Gavin Swankie and Colin Hamilton saw Ar­broath to vic­tory.

Camp­bell said: “The first goal was a great goal where we showed a lot of qual­ity.

“Big Rab did not have a save to make and we were com­fort­able win­ners.”

Rab Dou­glas, 45, played for Ar­broath on Satur­day.

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