And there's no reason not to throw in the kids. We are all but guaranteed to finish in the top eight which ensures our seeding in the League Cup and the experienced players will no doubt have their minds on the beach. It would be nice to keep our winning run going against the Bairns (three wins, nine for, none against) but building for the future is more important than a meaningless win in a match which is a friendly in all but entry price.
Clarkson comes close
Falkirk have finally won a match at home but are still on the fringes of the relegation battle. However it would take a disastrous collapse for them to be caught by Livingston and despite some complaining from their fans they must surely be relatively content with a fairly safe first season back in the top flight. Indeed, against us they have played some pretty football, certainly in comparison to some sides, but they lack a cutting edge and defensively they can be shaky. With nothing other than pride on the line, this has the potential to be an open and entertaining game.
Alan McCormack is out through suspension after his red card last week and obviously Scott Leitch has left for Ross County. Other than that we have a full squad to choose from and Terry will no doubt be trying to come up with an eleven which is a good blend of youth and experience. Perhaps Abel Thermeus may also be given a run out – anything less in a game like this must be a certain indicator he has not done enough to secure a long-term deal.
It would be nice to get another win for our travelling support but even the die hard supporters will recognise that the pupils are winding down before the school holidays…we'll have to settle for a 1-1 draw.