MacLennan states Linlithgow intent after injury

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LINLITHGOW ROSE midfielder Ruari MacLennan is hoping to be back at full throttle soon after making his return from a groin injury.

The influential MacLennan is yet to play a full 90 minutes since returning to the champions’ line-up and is keen to play his part as Rose face a tough trip to Carnoustie tomorrow.

Linlithgow are trying to close the six-point gap at the top of the Super League table between them and leaders Newtongrange, though Mark Bradley’s men have three games in hand.

MacLennan said: “I’m just back from a groin strain which kept me out for a few weeks because I have history of groin injuries, so we had to be careful.

“I played in the last two games, but the gaffer wants to be really sure before he gives me a full 90 minutes.

“We’re having a good season without reaching the heights of last season, but we’re gradually getting there. We’ve only been beaten once this season and we had a lot of players out for that game.”

MacLennan is expecting a tough game at Laing Park. He said: “You don’t know what to expect up there. They look to have a half-decent side, so we’ll have to be on top of our game to get a result.”

Bo’ness head for bottom club Tayport and midfielder Chris Donnelly, a Scotland internationalist, knows how important it is that his team, currently third in the table, maintain the pressure on Linlithgow and Newtongrange,

“We’re only a point behind Linlithgow with the same number of games played,” he said. “Newtongrange have that lead over both of us, so we must keep up the pressure by winning games like this. Tayport may be bottom, but I remember games against them in the past that were tough and it will he hard to get points there.”

Elsewhere, Armadale face Bonnyrigg Rose at Volunteer Park for the first time in the Super League with Jim Henderson’s men looking for points to steer them clear of the relegation zone.

Broxburn are at home to Fife side Kelty, with Newtongrange at Sauchie.