Published: 14/05/2018 14:14 - Updated: 14/05/2018 14:22

Beattie signing will strengthen Elgin's spine

Written byCraig Christie

SIGNING former Scotland international Craig Beattie will give Elgin City experience through the spine of their team next season.

Craig Beattie in action for Edinburgh City against Elgin City's Shane Sutherland. The pair will be team-mates next season. Photo: Bob Crombie
Craig Beattie in action for Edinburgh City against Elgin City's Shane Sutherland. The pair will be team-mates next season. Photo: Bob Crombie

That’s the view of City boss Gavin Price after luring Beattie (34) to Borough Briggs on a one-year deal.

A striker during his peak playing days with Celtic, Hearts, West Brom and Scotland, Cumbernauld-based Beattie made the move back to centre defence with his most recent club Edinburgh City.

“He was pretty impressive against us in a couple of games last season, and other managers were of the same opinion” said Price.

“I came to the conclusion that we were quite a young back four, all young defenders at times last season.We probably needed a bit of direction.

“If we can keep (Beattie) fit and look after him like we did with Jon-Paul (McGovern) last season, right through the spine of the team we are going to have a bit of experience which we’ve been lacking over the last couple of years.”

Beattie won three league titles with Celtic and scoring the winning goal for Scotland against Georgia in current boss Alex McLeish’s first international match in charge in his first spell ten years ago.

He has played on loan for Swansea City, Crystal Palace and Watford as well as featuring for Hearts, St Johnstone and Dundee back home in Scotland.

More recently he played in League 2 against Elgin for Stirling and Edinburgh.

He is Price’s second addition to his defence for next season following the acquisition of left back Jordan Lowdon from Clyde.

Striker Chris McLeish has also signed a new one-year deal.

However midfielder Thomas Reilly, who was offered new terms by City, is understood to be a target of full-time Raith Rovers.

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