Ross McNeil says this clash with Craigroyston will be Civil

Ross McNeil. Pic: Greg Macvean
Ross McNeil. Pic: Greg Macvean
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Civil Service Stroller manager Ross McNeil hosts his old club Craigroyston at Edinburgh College Sports Ground tomorrow and is looking forward to the chance of pitting his wits against his former assistant Gary Aitchison.

McNeill enjoyed two years at St Mark’s Park, winning the Central Taxis First Division at the end of the 2012/13 season, but left the club in November last year to manage Civil.

Although McNeill admits his departure from Craigroyston was rather acrimonious, he still has strong feelings for his former club and was able to sign a couple of his former players for his new club.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Craigroyston, but it is history now. I’m looking forward to catching up with Gary tomorrow as we both worked very closely together when we were at Craigroyston,” reflected McNeill.

“I have probably got about eight ex-Craigroyston players in my squad at the moment, so a lot of the players will be very familiar with one another.”

Aside from re-acquaintance, McNeill is hoping his Civil side can continue their recent run of good form tomorrow as they look a for a fourth straight win.

“The recent results have been very positive, especially after the disappointment of going out of The Scottish Cup. We got a fantastic result against Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, we had a good win at Easthouses and we are in the next round of the Image Printers Cup,” he said.

Civil are without long-term injury victims Martin Robinson and Gavin Pettigrew, with Connor Payne on holiday and Jake Moyes still out with a dislocated shoulder injured against Lothian Thistle three weeks ago.

Aitchison’s only absentee is Michael Somerville due to work commitments. Striker Greig Tully returns after missing last weekend’s draw with Spartans.

In other Premier League action, Easthouses Lily face Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale at Newbattle Complex after having a free weekend last week. Dave McQueenie has a full squad as Lily look for their first win in five matches.

Lothian manager Kevin Twaddle is missing Callum Connolly and Alan McDonaugh, with late fitness tests required for Kevin Keane and Lewis Cairns.

League Leaders Leith Athletic host Tynecastle at Meadowbank looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season. Derek Riddell’s only absentee is Lachlan Thom as he is nursing a hamstring injury. Tynecastle manager Stephen McKenzie reports no injury concerns for his side.

Spartans EOS face Coldstream in the other Premier league encounter at Ainslie Park.

All matches kick off at 2.30pm.