A game to shout about

Ross can’t wait for Pars clash

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Craig Ritchie

Jack Ross ad­mits St Mir­ren and Dun­fermline are two sides in quest of the same am­bi­tion as they pre­pare to face one another to­mor­row af­ter­noon.

De­spite the sea­son just be­ing five games old, the clash at East End Park has al­ready been billed as a top-ofthe-ta­ble clash.

Saints boss Ross has made no se­cret of his am­bi­tions to take the club into the top flight this sea­son, while The Pars also ap­pear to be set for a ti­tle bat­tle fol­low­ing a stun­ning start to their own cam­paign.

The St Mir­ren fans look set to back the Buddies in their num­bers, with all the club’s sup­port­ers’ buses sold out for the trip to Fife.

And Ross in­sists that they will be in for an ex­cit­ing af­ter­noon of foot­ball be­tween two teams in fine form.

Ross told Ex­press Sport: “The way the two teams have started the sea­son, and where they are in the ta­ble, should make it an en­ter­tain­ing clash.

“Dun­fermline have re­tained a good num­ber of the side that they had last year. I felt they were a good side then too.

“They have a good at­tack­ing threat both cen­trally and from wide ar­eas, so we know we will have to go there and de­fend well through­out the game.

“It is still re­ally early but we have both given our­selves a good start in the open­ing games.

“Both teams will be­lieve that they have enough qual­ity in their squad to chal­lenge at the top end of the ta­ble through­out the whole sea­son.”

And Ross was quick to praise the job done by Pars boss Allan John­ston fol­low­ing his re­build­ing of the side over the course of the last three sea­sons.

Ross added: “I had a spell at Dun­fermline right at the very end of my ca­reer and they are a big­ger club than some peo­ple re­alise.

“Allan has done well there ever since he has taken the job, and he has prob­a­bly got to the stage now where he is cast­ing his as­pi­ra­tions to­wards try­ing to take the club out of that league – as I am here.”

Liam Smith and Dale Hil­son both look set to re­turn to the fold this week­end as the two teams go head-to-head.

How­ever, given the club’s re­cent in­jury record, Ross ad­mits that the side is only go­ing to get stronger as the weeks go on.

He said: “It is credit to the play­ers that when they have had the op­por­tu­nity, then they have taken that.

“There are some good play­ers amongst that group that we haven’t had avail­able, so it will be nice to main­tain our po­si­tion at this end of the ta­ble as we wel­come these guys into the group and strengthen again.”

Am­bi­tious Jack Ross

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