Threat to drop Athletic strugglers if Peni does not drop

Craig Meikle

Craig Meikle

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“Shape up or ship out” is the warning Penicuik manager Craig Meikle has fired to his under-performing players ahead of tomorrow’s Super League match against Musselburgh Athletic.

The Midlothian side are looking to get their season back on track after successive losses against Edinburgh United in the East of Scotland Cup and last weekend in the league at Ballingry Rovers.

Meikle insists it has been a tough couple of weeks and admitted if their current performance level continues, he will make changes.

He said: “It’s been a tough couple of weeks. In any game the first goal is obviously important, but when you are playing against lesser teams and they score, they obviously sit in and defend and make it difficult.

“We just have to keep plugging away at it and if it persists I’ll have to start looking to strengthen the squad again. I’ll maybe have to accept that some players in our squad are not good enough.

“I said at the start of the season that everyone would get a chance. It’s in the player’s hands – if they perform well and do the job I’ll not be in such a hurry to bring in new faces.”

Penicuik’s home record last season was paramount to their Premier League title win, losing just two of their 15 league matches. However, they have already lost the same number at home this season in just three matches.

“Our home form has been particularly disappointing so far this season, we always pride ourselves on being a good home team – it was the backbone of our league victory last season,” said Meikle.

“That has to improve and we’ll be looking to get that going tomorrow. However, I expect a tough game against Musselburgh. They are an established Super League team now. I would expect them to be favourites.”

Elsewhere in the Super League tomorrow, David McGlynn takes charge of his first match as Bonnyrigg Rose manager at home to Carnoustie Panmure, while Bo’ness United and Newtongrange Star both face tricky away fixtures away to Lochee United and Hill of Beath respectively.