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Video: Elgin City have been out of action since Boxing Day but manager Gavin Price is confident that when Covid-19 restrictions are eased, his team will be ready to return to games quickly


By Craig Christie

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A Scottish Government update on March 1 will determine whether or not Scottish football can resume after a two-month suspension.

Gavin Price expects Elgin City to be ready for a swift return to action if required. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Gavin Price expects Elgin City to be ready for a swift return to action if required. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Elgin City manager Gavin Price is hoping that the Scottish Cup and Leagues 1 and 2 get the go-ahead to restart training with a view to playing competitive fixtures soon.

Currently his squad are following individual fitness programmes in lockdown, and he expects them to be in good shape for a return to squad training and games.

Elgin City's last outing was a Scottish Cup tie on Boxing Day, see highlights below.

"We are certainly trying to work towards the start of next month," he said. "We are trying to be optimistic and hopefully we get the go-ahead this time.

"It’s been very difficult for the players with the stop-start nature of the season and we are trying to get them ready.

"If we do go back on March 1 we need to be ready as that’s a couple of weeks away. We are just hoping to get that start date and get going again."

Some managers feel that their players will need at least two or three weeks of full training before they go back to games.

It's not a view Price shares, as he expects his men to make the transition to competitive fixtures almost immediately.

"If the boys do what they normally do and come back at a certain level, like they do in pre-season, within seven to ten days we are looking to play a friendly match.

"So it will be no different this time, I would imagine two training sessions and they would be ready to play a friendly.

"But it is up to the players to do that. I’ll assess them when they come in and I’m optimistic they will have done the work."

Price added that he has no preference for an 18 or 27 fixture season in League 2, should it be given the thumbs up to return in March.


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