Spiders target top-four finish
Back-to-back promotions for Mac’s men?
Gus MacPherson insists Queen’s Park will give it their all in the quest for back-to-back promotions after putting to bed any lingering fears of relegation.
Super Spiders need just a point to ensure third-tier football next season after goals from his son Ewan and David Galt sank Albion Rovers at Hampden on Saturday.
An extremely unlikely sequence of results is required for Queen’s – unbeaten in eight games – to end up in ninth place and the League One play-offs.
But it is fair to say that finishing at the wrong end of the table is not on the minds of gaffer MacPherson and his players who sit pretty in third ahead of this Saturday’s trip to champions Livingston.
Indeed, Spiders fans probably spent much of their Easter Saturday evening staring at the league table; delighted and dumbfounded at how high the team have climbed.
MacPherson was keeping his feet on the ground, though. There may only be three games remaining but there is a long way to go if his side – who started the campaign as favourites for the drop – are to take part in the Championship play-offs.
He said: “This is a massive three points and our run speaks volumes of the whole squad and everybody has played their part in it.
“There is a belief that we are doing a lot of good things as a group.
“We have a few people who have been at the club a long, long time who are getting excited. But an old dog like myself isn’t looking at it too much.
“It’s a phenomenal achievement already to stay in this division.
“We will just give it our best and see where it takes us.
“The run we’re on shows what can be achieved just through hard work with a little bit of quality.
“It is well documented what the players sacrifice to play for the club but you wouldn’t know it.
“The players have a job to do. It’s basic stuff and we do not complicate it. Their work ethic is phenomenal.”
On this weekend’s visit to the Tony Macaroni Arena, he added: “Livingston are worthy champions by a considerable distance. They have got good players and a strong squad.”
MacPherson jnr opened the scoring in the 41st minute when he slotted home after pouncing on defender Ross Gilmour’s dithering in the box.
The lead was doubled within 15 seconds of the restart after Galt’s 25-yard effort crashed in off the underside of the bar.
“I think we deserved to win in the end,” said the goalscoring midfielder. “The opportunity is there for us. But we won’t be looking ahead and thinking about play-offs and promotion.”
Playoff hopes Ewan MacPherson scored Queen’s second of the game