Weir’s re­minder of places up for grabs in cup tie

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - Sport -

El­gin City man­ager Jim Weir has urged his play­ers to make sure of a start­ing place in next Satur­day’s home Scot­tish Cup tie against Premier­ship out­fit Ca­ley This­tle with a strong per­for­mance against An­nan Ath­letic to­day.

El­gin host An­nan in an im­por­tant League 2 match, with the third-placed Black and Whites six points ahead of Ath­letic, who are in fourth.

El­gin’s cup tie with In­ver­ness is keenly an­tic­i­pated but Weir says his play­ers run the risk of miss­ing out against Richie Fo­ran’s men if they al­low their fo­cus to slip to­day.

He said: “This is an im­por­tant game and the play­ers know that. Their fo­cus will just be on this game.

“I don’t think any of them will be go­ing into the game look­ing to pro­tect them­selves for next week. They have to per­form be­cause ev­ery­one is play­ing for places.

“The play­ers have got to earn the right to keep their place and it’s im­por­tant they do that by get­ting re­sult this week­end.”

El­gin have lost both pre­vi­ous en­coun­ters with An­nan this sea­son, with a 2-0 home de­feat last Oc­to­ber a fol­lowed by a 1-0 loss at Gal­a­bank the fol­low­ing month.

Weir wants his side to carry on the mo­men­tum from last week’s 3-0 win at Mon­trose, adding: “I said to the play­ers af­ter the dis­ap­point­ing 3-2 re­sult at Ar­broath last month that Jan­uary was go­ing to be big.

“We should have won against For­far when they were down to 10 men but we won the next one against Mon­trose.

“We now have three home games, in­clud­ing the cup tie next week­end, but An­nan will be a re­ally dif­fi­cult match.

“They have beaten us twice this sea­son. They have re-signed Peter Weather­son, who is a mas­sive player in this league. He is the type of player we would ben­e­fit from.

“We’ve got to be ready for that but we need to build on our re­cent per­for­mances.”

Weir this week ex­tended the loan of In­ver­ness goal­keeper Cammy Mackay un­til the end of the sea­son, with Marc Wa­ters pro­vid­ing com­pe­ti­tion af­ter re­turn­ing from Queen’s Park.

“Not look­ing to pro­tect them­selves”

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