Preview - Falkirk (a)

Last updated : 30 April 2009 By Firparkcorner

It would be nice to think we will make some changes and give some younger players a chance but there is no doubt this will be a very tough game. We have failed to finish in the top half and while the bean counters may be eager to secure seventh as soon as possible, it is only human nature that Falkirk will want the points more here. It may be very frustrating to watch, should we lose, but mid-table clubs lose to relegation battlers all over the continent at this stage of the season and it seems ridiculous to suggest we should be immune.

The last outing

There is no guarantee we will lose though. Despite Falkirk being on a high following their semi final win and no doubt being willing to give everything here, they are at the bottom of the table for a reason. They are without Lovell who is injured and Higdon who is suspended so Finnigan is likely to be the lone striker and they will also know that a loss could be catastrophic should Inverness take something from St Mirren. We will be able to play without any pressure which could work in our favour.

All of our squad seem to be available although it will be interesting to see who keeps their place. If Smith, Hughes and Klimpl aren't going to be here next season there is nothing to be gained by playing them now. Similarly, sending out the U19s to get hammered 5-0 in the name of experience will be counterproductive. Mark McGhee must walk a fine line between building for the future and being competitive. We must blood some kids but a decent run of results to end the season will lift morale and a 1-1 draw will probably represent a much better outcome for us than the Bairns.