Seniors: McNeil brings in new faces at Strollers

New Civil Service Strollers manager Ross McNeil

New Civil Service Strollers manager Ross McNeil

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Ross McNeil takes charge of Civil Service Strollers for the first time tomorrow and the new boss could field three new signings for the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup trip to Whitehill Welfare.

The former Craigroyston boss has added Jake Moyes from junior side Musselburgh Athletic, former Tynecastle player Gavin Pettigrew and ex-Hearts youth team player Chris Tobin, who has arrived from Brechin City, and the trio go into McNeil’s squad for the second-round tie at Rosewell. The new manager says the recruitment of fresh faces will not stop there.

“We will have a few more joining over the next few weeks,” he said. “There’s a lot of hard work ahead and we hope to bring to the club professionalism and make it a place to enjoy your football.”

McNeil, who was appointed by Strollers last week after resigning his post at Craigroyston, missed last weekend’s league defeat to Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale due to work commitments in the United States. Now back on home soil and with a new task to undertake, he is looking to realise a long-term vision for his new club.

“We have a three-year plan,” explained McNeil. “It’s a massive challenge that will take time, but I’m very confident that we will have a good team that will compete over the next few seasons.”

In another second-round tie, Tynecastle host Lowland League club University of Stirling at Fernieside. Tynie boss Dougie Dalgleish will hope that on-form striker Ousman See can prolong his hot scoring streak to compensate for the absence of a number of injury victims. Dalgleish said: “We are looking forward to the challenge of playing against Lowland League opposition. We would have preferred to have been at full strength, but injuries picked up last Saturday will mean promotion for a few of our under-19 players.”

At Riccarton, a Heriot-Watt University side buoyed by keeping a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Spartans last weekend will entertain on-song Leith Athletic.

In the only first-round tie of the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup, Easthouses Lily are at home to Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.