Edinburgh City ready for 'exciting' conclusion to promotion play-off race

Edinburgh City attacker Danny Jardine believes the battle for the play-offs has been taken up another notch.
Edinburgh City attacker Danny Jardine. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)Edinburgh City attacker Danny Jardine. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)
Edinburgh City attacker Danny Jardine. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)

Elgin City’s thumping 4-1 win at Stranraer on Tuesday night ensured there are now just three points separating the Citizens in second and the fifth-placed Moray club.

Stirling Albion are level on points with Gary Naysmith’s men with Stranraer just a point worse off.

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Only three of the four clubs will go on to contest the play-offs and Jardine, who has been an ever present since Naysmith’s appointment last month, believes there is sure to be a couple of tense few days ahead.

City visit the Falkirk Stadium tonight to face League Two champions Queen’s Park before welcoming Elgin to Ainslie Park on Saturday. The Capital men then complete their league campaign at Stranraer on Tuesday.

“The result the other night has certainly brought the teams a bit closer together and made it a bit more exciting,” said Jardine, who last week extended his contract until summer 2022. “But it doesn’t change what we’re wanting to do. Every game is so important at this stage of the season with the position we’re in.

“It’s in our own hands to make the play-offs so we just need to focus on ourselves and control what we can do. We’re second so we’re still in a really good position.

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“Queen’s Park are a really good team with so much quality so I can’t see them wanting to let up. We’ve given them a game every time we’ve faced them this season and that will be the same tonight. It’s another opportunity for us to go and prove ourselves against a really top side. We want to be a League One club next season, there’s no two ways about it.

“I was struggling a bit at the start of the season due to health reasons but, as time has gone on, the new manager has come in and I’ve had a good run. Maybe the shutdown helped me back to full fitness. I’m really enjoying my football so I’m keen to help the club progress. I’m over the moon that I’ll be here next season.”

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