BUCKIE Thistle boss Gary Hake has paid tribute to former captain and current assistant manager, Kevin Small, who is set for his testimonial game on Monday night.
Buckie will play an Aberdeen XI for the match at Victoria Park which has a 7.30pm kick-off.
“He was the captain who lifted the league trophy the first time in 50 years. He is a good coach, is good with the players and I can’t speak highly enough of him,” he said.
“He has gone through a lot with years of dialysis and then a kidney transplant.”
Meanwhile, the Jags operated a split shift this week as their preparations for the new season continued.
The Jags took on two friendlies on the same night against junior opposition.
Boss Gary Hake was in charge of one team who beat Deveronside 2-0 at Victoria Park, while coach Paul Lamberton was at the helm as another Buckie XI beat Islavale 3-2 in Keith.
The manager said he is desperate to hold on to goalkeeper Daniel Bell, despite interest from Keith, who had him on loan for part of last season.
Hake wants Bell and Kevin Main to challenge each other for the no.1 jersey this season, although accepts it will be difficult to keep two goalkeepers of their standard happy if one is not in the team.
Buckie host a Dundee United XI tomorrow (Friday) with a 7.30pm kick-off.
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