Published: 09/10/2017 12:27 - Updated: 09/10/2017 12:37

MacRae is new boss at Lossie

Written byCraig Christie

LOSSIEMOUTH have appointed Iain MacRae and Ian Campbell as their new management team.Lossie

MacRae steps up from a player coach role to become the Coasters’ new boss, with under-20s coach Campbell serving as his assistant.

The pair had taken charge in a caretaker role for the past three games since the departure of previous manager Ally Ewen and his assistant Kevin Munro.

Club chairman Rab Mulheron said: “We spoke to the players and they have been impressed with the two Ians, as we have been.

“We decied to wait and see how we got on in the cup semi-final and that went well, so we thought let’s leave them in there indefinitely and give them the chance.

“If they decide it is not for them, we’ll look at someone else but as far as we are concerned they are the two for the job.”

MacRae joined Lossie in a coaching role during the summer but had always expressed an interest to move into management. He is currently doing his coaching badges with the club.

He began his Highland League playing career with Rothes as a schoolboy, spending more than a decade with the Speysiders before joining hometown club Buckie Thistle.

A return to Rothes last season proved to be a short term measure as he made the move to Lossie this season.

Campbell has worked in Lossiemouth’s promising youth development system for a number of years, having played north junior football during his own career.

As a caretaker duo they steered Lossie to a 3-3 league draw at Keith before defeating Golspie Sutherland 3-2 in the North of Scotland Cup semi-final.

They will be in charge for next month’s final against holders Brora Rangers at Nairn.

MacRae and Campbell’s first defeat in charge of the club came on Saturday when they lost 3-1 at home to Moray rivals Forres Mechanics.

Twin brothers Lee and Graham Fraser did the scoring damage for Mechanics with Graham opening the scoring and Lee netting either side of half time, before Aaron Hamilton netted a consolation for Lossie.

 

League table P W D L F A PTS
Fraserburgh 13 10 2 1 45 13 32
Cove Rangers 11 10 1 0 51 4 31
Brora Rangers 12 9 1 2 28 9 28
Buckie Thistle 12 8 1 3 36 15 25
Inverurie Locos 13 8 1 4 33 17 25
Formartine United 12 7 1 4 35 22 22
Turriff United 12 6 2 4 20 24 20
Rothes 11 6 1 4 25 20 19
Huntly 12 6 1 5 21 26 19
Nairn County 11 6 1 4 20 26 19
Forres Mechanics 13 5 3 5 24 23 18
Clachnacuddin 12 4 3 5 20 21 15
Deveronvale 12 4 1 7 28 33 13
Wick Academy 11 3 3 5 23 22 12
Lossiemouth 13 1 2 10 16 44 5
Keith 12 1 1 10 16 35 4
Strathspey Thistle 12 1 0 11 8 47 3
Fort William 12 0 1 11 9 57 1

 

There was a second Moray derby on Saturday with Rothes winning 3-0 at Keith.

Recent signing Scott Davidson scored his first two goals for the Speysiders in the second half after ex-Keith man Craig Cormack scored the opener before half time.

Buckie Thistle slipped back to fourth place following a 3-0 defeat at Inverurie Locos.

Jags are now six points behind unbeaten title favourites Cove, who also have a game in hand.

Cove were in cup action, losing 3-0 to Northern Irish side Crusaders in the Irn Bru Cup.

Fraserburgh moved into top spot above Cove with a 7-3 thrashing of Deveronvale. They lead by a point but Cove have two games in hand.

Elgin City also exited the Irn Bru Cup in the last sixteen, going down 4-0 away to Welsh league champions The New Saints.

In the Highland League, Brora Rangers went above Buckie into third with a 3-2 derby win at Wick, while Turriff were 2-1 winners at Strathspey.

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