Published: 21/10/2017 06:00 - Updated: 20/10/2017 12:58

Moray derby will take Lossie boss back to his roots

IAIN MacRae’s first away trip as Lossiemouth manager takes him back to where his Highland League career began.

Lossiemouth manager Iain MacRae
Lossiemouth manager Iain MacRae

The Coasters face a derby clash on Saturday at Rothes, where MacRae got his first taste of senior football as a schoolboy before serving the Speysiders for more than a decade.

He recently had a second unsuccessful spell at MacKessack Park under current boss Steven MacDonald, who he will be hoping to get one over this weekend.

“I’m looking forward to Saturday,” he said. “I know quite a few of the boys and Biscuits (MacDonald) and Sharpie (coach Nathan Sharp). They have recruited quite a lot of good players and will probably fancy their chances against us.

“But we are going to go through there very confident and as long as we can keep our discipline and shape and listen to the tactics we put in hand, there’s no reason we can’t come away with something from the game.

“We are definitely going there to win the game so we will put out an attack minded team and hopefully pick up the three points.”

MacRae has inherited a squad of around 23 players from previous boss Ally Ewen and plans to trim things back, either by loaning fringe players out or selling them on.

Once he makes some room in his player pool, he said he will then look to bring in his own players and has a couple in mind.

With no game on Saturday he gave his players the weekend off, played some first teamers in Monday’s 4-0 under-20 league game against Elgin and trained everyone hard over the rest of the week.

Next month Lossie have their big day at Nairn in the North Cup final against Brora, but the manager is urging his players to prove in the up-and-coming league games that they are worth a place.

With a home game against Deveronvale on Wednesday, followed by a trip to leaders Cove, places will be up for grabs.

MacRae has also promoted youth coach Joe Russell to first team level to work with him and number two Ian Campbell.

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