Stir­ling snap up Beat­tie

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FOR­MER Scot­land and Celtic star Craig Beat­tie has com­pleted a shock switch to Stir­ling Al­bion as clubs scram­ble to strengthen their squads ahead of this af­ter­noon’s big kick-off.

The 31-year-old, who boasts seven caps and turned out for the likes of Swansea City, West Brom, Crys­tal Palace and Hearts, has signed a one-year deal with the League Two side.

Stir­ling Al­bion, who face El­gin City in the Petro­fac Train­ing Cup this af­ter­noon, also cap­tured 19-year-old Salim Kouider-Aissa, for­mally of Sten­house­muir and Queen of the South, fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful trial pe­riod.

Stir­ling were not the only club to make no­table raids on the trans­fer mar­ket as teams out­with the top flight pre­pare to swing into com­pet­i­tive ac­tion to­day.

League One side Al­bion Rovers se­cured a coup by at­tract­ing for­mer Ross County and Dun­fermline striker An­drew Bar­row­man to Clifton­hill ahead of their trip to face Ayr United.

Dar­ren Young also added for­mer Raith Rovers man Mark Ferry to his ranks, with the Al­bion player/boss beam­ing: “Andy and Mark are great sign­ings with ex­pe­ri­ence, and they will be key play­ers for us.”

Mean­while, East Fife have com­pleted a dou­ble swoop be­fore their test­ing tie against Falkirk, with Craig Suther­land – for­merly of their lo­cal ri­vals Cow­den­beath – and for­mer St John­stone kid Jason Kerr sign­ing one-year deals.

NEW RE­CRUIT: Craig Beat­tie has signed a one-year deal at Forth­bank

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