MacPher­son: In Muir we trust

Queen Park boss gives high praise to goal­keeper

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

Queen’s Park man­ager Gus MacPher­son be­lieves he has the best goal­keeper in the Lad­brokes Scot­tish League Two di­vi­sion.

The Spi­ders’ boss praised Wul­lie Muir af­ter he claimed his third league clean sheet in a row and his sev­enth in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son, at home to Ar­broath on Satur­day.

The 22-year-old shot stop­per had spells at Aberdeen, Mother­well, Celtic and Ayr United be­fore sign­ing for Queen’s in Au­gust 2014.

And now his man­ager is in­sist­ing that he has been the top ‘keeper in the league for the last two sea­sons.

MacPher­son said: “He had a couple of great saves. He has prob­a­bly, in the last two years, been the best goal­keeper in this league. He has a pres­ence, he’s got a fo­cus and just an as­sur­ance about him. He’s in con­trol. He makes things look easy at times.

“Some crosses that were com­ing in there, he is just com­fort­ably com­ing to take them and tak­ing the pres­sure off the cen­tre backs and that’s what you’re look­ing for in a goal­keeper.

Chris Dug­gan’s eleventh minute opener was enough to give Queen’s all three points against Ar­broath who slumped to joint bot­tom of the ta­ble.

MacPher­son knows the fes­tive pe­riod is a cru­cial time for his side and he was pleased to have claimed their fourth league win in a row.

He said: “We’ve had to work ex­tremely hard for it to­day. Com­fort­able in the first-half, play­ing some good stuff, not hav­ing clear cut chances but in con­trol of the game. Sec­ond half, Ar­broath started very well.

“We had ac­tu­ally said to our guys, ‘make sure we are on the front foot’ but credit to Ar­broath. If there is one team that is a false po­si­tion it’s Ar­broath, there’s no doubt about that.

“Again on that counter at­tack we had two or three really good chances that could have just killed the game.

“It’s dif­fi­cult es­pe­cially with that mid­week game, I think you could see a couple of the boys were strug­gling from an en­ergy point of view. They got them­selves through it.

“Nine times out of ten we were in con­trol of pos­ses­sion, we were in the first half but if teams open up and come and play us, we’ve cer­tainly got the ar­moury to go and hurt them.”

Queen’s will head north to play El­gin City this week­end in search of an­other vic­tory that will keep them in the run­ning for a pro­mo­tion spot.

Two points sep­a­rate the sides in the top half of the ta­ble but Queen’s have al­ready de­feated City twice in two games this sea­son.

MacPher­son knows it will be a tight game but is con­fi­dent his play­ers can come away with a pos­i­tive re­sult.

He added: “This is a cru­cial pe­riod for any team. Itoesn’t mat­ter if you are at the top or bot­tom.

“We go away next week to El­gin who have an in­cred­i­ble record at home so that will be as tough a chal­lenge as we’ve had all sea­son so far.

“That’s the most im­por­tant game of the sea­son, the next one, and you just move on from there.”

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