Edinburgh City boss to help striker clean up his image

Ross Allum has been sent off three times this term

Ross Allum has been sent off three times this term

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Edinburgh City boss Gary Jardine intends to help Ross Allum clean up his act as his side travel to face Dalbeattie Star tomorrow without their top scorer.

Allum received his third red card of the season in the second half of last weekend’s Scottish Cup defeat to Brora for aiming a kick at an opponent. But Jardine believes he can work with the striker to curb such hot-headed behaviour. While quick to acknowledge the positive contribution the frontman has made to the Lowland League leaders, Jardine insists Allum must remove certain aspects from his game.

“My honest opinion is that Ross has been four years in the juniors, and there’s wee elements that I need to kick out of him,” he said. “That kind of thing happens every week in the juniors and that’s not what I want here, but he’s been fantastic for us – what a find. He was playing left-back for Hill of Beath and has gone up front for us and got 13 goals already. I’m not going to hammer him, but there’s bits he needs to take out of his game.”

Strikers Mark Osborne, Ryan Wilson and Ortega Deniran will be in line to cover Allum’s absence in attack, the latter two having netted doubles in the recent South Challenge Cup win over Easthouses.

Whitehill Welfare travel to BSC Glasgow having failed to make up ground on the top two last weekend, going down 2-1 at home to Dalbeattie Star. Mickey Lawson hopes to have Willie Kidd and Kyle Quinn available.

Preston Athletic face Threave Rovers in a game that could be significant for both sides even this early in the season. Winless Preston sit bottom despite last week’s creditable point at Gala, four points behind Threave. Elsewhere, Edinburgh Uni entertain Gretna at Peffermill.