Ex Hibs keeper enjoys surprise striker’s role

Paul Grant played up front for Bonnyrigg Rose

Paul Grant played up front for Bonnyrigg Rose

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Bonnyrigg Rose goalkeeper Paul Grant enjoyed a 30-minute cameo as a striker on Wednesday night away to Linlithgow Rose, but he’s hoping to be back between the sticks tomorrow afternoon.

The former Hibs and Livingston keeper was thrown up-front alongside Stevie Hislop after forward Fraser McLaren went off injured in the second half and, with goalkeeper Connor Easton the only substitute on the visiting bench, Grant was given an unexpected role.

He even came close to netting an equaliser for Bonnyrigg, when he got his head on to a corner-kick, but home keeper Scott Christie foiled him as the Prestonfield side held on to win 3-2.

Grant revealed manager David McGlynn had told him before the game that he might have to do a job outfield. He said: “When Fraser got injured, he shouted over to me if I wanted to go up and he stuck on Connor and I went up-front. It wasn’t too bad, to be fair. I got my first touch and then it was fine. I won a few headers and I had a wee run down the line.

“I hope I’m back in goals this weekend as it was too much running for me.”

The Bonnyrigg squad was stretched to the limit with Alan Horne on holiday, Johnny Court suspended and Shaun Woodburn unavailable, but all three should return for tomorrow’s trip to Sauchie.

Grant added: “I spoke to a few of the Lithgae boys and they said I done quite well. I was nippy and I never disgraced myself – at least he [McGlynn] knows now that if I’m needed, I’m ready to play outfield.”