Roberts takes the reins at Queen’s Park

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QUEEN’S Park have ap­pointed Mark Roberts as their per­ma­nent man­ager fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Gus MacPher­son.

The 42-year-old for­mer Ayr United man­ager takes charge of the Spi­ders af­ter MacPher­son re­turned to take up a role as tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor at St Mir­ren, and will face the Bud­dies un­der-21 side in his first of­fi­cial game in charge in to­day’s Chal­lenge Cup tie.

The for­mer Kil­marnock for­ward had been in in­terim charge of the club for the last three weeks.

Ahead of the tie, Roberts said: “It’s a game we’re very much look­ing for­ward to. The op­por­tu­nity to reach the quar­ter fi­nal stage of a cup com­pe­ti­tion doesn’t come around too of­ten and it’s one we’re look­ing to grasp. When you get to this stage in a tour­na­ment things be­come that bit more se­ri­ous.

“We’ll be up against a young side but they are play­ers who are at a Pre­mier­ship team on merit, and pro­gres­sion in the com­pe­ti­tion will be no easy task. From our per­spec­tive though, we know if we play close to the best of our abil­i­ties we will give our­selves a re­ally good chance of get­ting through.

“Last week’s vic­tory was an im­por­tant one for us and sets us up nicely for two cup games in a row. I thought the play­ers were out­stand­ing in that match and we’ll be look­ing for that same work level.”

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