Spartans boss concedes title as he admits it’s City’s to lose

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Spartans boss Dougie Samuel has dismissed claims from Edinburgh City opposite number Gary Jardine that Spartans are still in the Lowland League title race.

Jardine said he was still “wary” of third-placed Spartans, who are 16 points behind the league leaders with three games in hand ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Dalbeattie Star.

Samuel however, insists City have a second successive Ferrari Packaging title all but won. “I think Gary’s kidding everybody on,” he said. “Gary knows the league’s won and it’s been won for some time in reality. None of us have been able to get close enough to them, but I think we’ve got closer this year and there’s been a wee more pressure on them. Hopefully ourselves, Stirling and East Kilbride can mount a bigger challenge next year.”

Samuel believes he’ll have no issues with lifting his players for tomorrow’s game after last weekend’s 4-1 Football Nation EOS Qualifying Cup final defeat by East Kilbride.

“I think it’s easy – at this football club we’re expected to win football matches.” He insisted. “It does’t matter what competition, they’re lucky to play for such a great club so I don’t think there’ll be a problem.

“We might freshen it up a bit though, we’ve been using a small squad all season but one or two are back from injury now which means we can freshen it up a little bit.”

The majority of the Lowland League would probably agree with Samuel, given midweek results mean Jardine’s men can clinch the title this weekend.

Defeats for Spartans and Stirling University, coupled with a City win at Selkirk would see them retain their title.

Preston Athletic are also on the road as they travel to Netherdale to face Gala Fairydean Rovers.