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Old pals link seals Blair’s switch


Blair Malcolm says a connection with Albion Rovers assistant boss Scott Mackenzie helped get him back in the senior game.

The 24-year-old endured a frustratin­g time at Lowland League club East Kilbride, but is glad to given a platform to show what he can do.

And Malcolm, who can also slot into a defensive role, says it’s good having a management team who believe in him, having been brought in by boss Brian Reid on assistant Mackenzie’s recommenda­tion.

Malcolm, who worked with Mackenzie when he was a youngster at Partick Thistle, said:“i know Scotty well, I know how he conducts himself and it’s good to be working with him again.

“He’s a good coach, and I liked his training sessions and what-not, so it was quite an easy decision.

“It’s always good to know you’ve got a manager who thinks highly of you.

“I’m delighted with the move. It was okay at East Kilbride, just a bit frustratin­g over lack of game-time and what-not, but I’m delighted to be back in the senior ranks.

“It’s a difficult league, I’ve played there before at Cowdenbeat­h, so I know what it’s all about.

“I’m ready for it.”

Malcolm made his debut in Saturday’s clash with Stenhousem­uir and played the full 90 minutes at Cliftonhil­l, but he couldn’t get off to a winning start as Rovers were narrowly beaten 2-1.

 ?? ?? Move Blair Malcolm, left, on his debut
Move Blair Malcolm, left, on his debut

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