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Matthew Cooper, Archie Macphee and Darryl McHardy could all miss Elgin City's vital League 2 clash at leaders Queen's Park


By Craig Christie

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ELGIN City have injury worries with three key players will aim to bounce back from Saturday's shock defeat to Albion Rovers.

Elgin City's Matthew Cooper. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Elgin City's Matthew Cooper. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

The Black and Whites head for Falkirk Stadium tonight to take on unbeaten League 2 leaders Queen's Park, who need just a point to clinch the title.

City morale took a huge dent on Saturday as they crashed to a 5-2 defeat at home to Albion Rovers.

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Elgin City's Archie MacPhee. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Elgin City's Archie MacPhee. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Right back Matthew Cooper missed that game through injury and is out tonight, as is Archie Macphee who filled in at left back but came off with a knock.

Manager Gavin Price's defence could be decimated if centre back Darryl McHardy fails to shake off an injury he picked up in the Rovers defeat.

Darryl McHardy (centre) is a doubt for Elgin City. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Darryl McHardy (centre) is a doubt for Elgin City. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Price can bring in young stopper David Wilson, who last played as a sub in the 2-1 win over Stranraer this month.

The manager also has a defensive option in former Aberdeen teenager Kyle Dalling, who he signed on loan from Forfar Athletic earlier this month.

Both Dalling and midfielder Murray Miller, who was signed on loan from Premiership champions Rangers, came in at the start of the month but have yet to come off City's bench in the last four matches.

Selection worries for Elgin City manager Gavin Price. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Selection worries for Elgin City manager Gavin Price. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

It is Elgin's final match before the league split, and if they fail to pick up a point they would begin this weekend's post-split fixtures in fifth position.

Current League 2 table
Current League 2 table

That would mean a blank Saturday followed by four matches in the space of eight days.

If Elgin were fifth, they would visit Stranraer in their first post-split game on Tuesday, April 27.

Two days later they would host the third-placed team with an away game at the second-placed outfit on the Saturday, finishing with a home game against the likely champs Queen's Park on Tuesday May 4.

Should City pick up a better result than Stranraer tonight - the Stair Park side are away to Albion - they would move up to fourth place.

That would mean a return trip to Falkirk to face Queen's Park on Friday night in their post-split opener.

Elgin would then host Stranraer next Tuesday, visit the third-placed club next Saturday and host the second-placed outfit the following Tuesday.

Full-time Queen's Park are bidding to finish the entire campaign undefeated, and have won their last nine league games in a row.

Elgin have lost their last three, with manager Price challenging his players to show their desire to challenge for the play-off places.


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