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Versatile Cooper is manager Gavin Price's dream


By Jonathan Clark


ELGIN City's Matthew Cooper says he is happy to play football, irrespective of position, after another impressive performance at right midfield on Saturday.

Elgin City defender Matthew Cooper...Pre season football: Strathspey Thistle FC (2) vs Elgin City (5) at Seafield Park, Grantown - 25/06/2019. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth. Image No.044290.
Elgin City defender Matthew Cooper...Pre season football: Strathspey Thistle FC (2) vs Elgin City (5) at Seafield Park, Grantown - 25/06/2019. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth. Image No.044290.

Cooper, usually deployed as a right back, has also played centre-half for City this season.

During Saturday's 3-0 success against Cowdenbeath, he grabbed an assist for Shane Sutherland's second goal, and rattled the post in the first half.

Speaking about his playing position, Cooper said: "It's different. I've played centre-half, right back and sitting in front of the back four at times but I'm getting more used to this role every week.

Elgin City's Matthew Cooper. Picture: Daniel Forsyth. Image No.041733.
Elgin City's Matthew Cooper. Picture: Daniel Forsyth. Image No.041733.

"At the start it was a bit alien but I feel I'm improving every week and that's all I can do. I enjoy playing anywhere on the park."

Elgin boss Gavin Price described Cooper as a "manager's dream" after his side's victory over Cowden.

He said: "I was really pleased with Matthew Cooper. We've been playing him centre-half after the injury to Andy and now Rabin is out so we have moved him back to the wide right position and I think we made the right decision.

"Gowser (James McGowan) did really well coming in at centre-half and Matthew was excellent – as were all our midfielders.

"David (Wilson) has come back the fittest man in the team and I thought he was excellent today, he looks so much stronger and more confident on the ball. He deserves to be playing there (at right back).

"Matthew is a manager's dream in terms of being able to play in so many different positions, and at the moment it's working for him in midfield.

"As far as I'm concerned, as a wide player he is contributing. But he obviously gives us something defensively as well."

Elgin travel to face Hibernian Colts at Easter Road tomorrow night, and wide midfielder Rabin Omar is touch and go with a knee knock. Andy MacDonald is likely to be out a bit longer with a hamstring injury.



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