FC Edinburgh goalkeeper Robbie Mutch surprised to be handed the gloves

FC Edinburgh goalkeeper Robbie Mutch admitted he was surprised as anyone to be given the No.1 jersey for the club's maiden League One campaign.

The ex-Falkirk shot-stopper has only been in the door a couple of weeks but played in the opening-day win at Kelty Hearts and then last weekend's 3-0 defeat at home to Dunfermline, earning the man-of-the-match award for a string of impressive blocks that included a penalty save.

Team-mate Sam Ramsbottom, who also joined the Capital outfit over the summer, started all of the Citizens' Premier Sports Cup Group E fixtures, but now finds himself on the bench.

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"To be honest I was driving down to the game at Kelty and I didn't expect to be in the team," Mutch told the Evening News. "I'd only been in for training that week to meet the lads so it was a surprise.

FC Edinburgh's Robbie Mutch, right, and Sam Ramsbottom. Picture: Tommy Lee

" I expected Sam to play, which I was totally fine with as he had done well in the League Cup games. But it was a good start getting a clean sheet but if I'd been in Sam's shoes then I'd be a bit disappointed not to have played. Don't get me wrong there are no hard feelings between the two of us, we get on really well, but I think we were both surprised.

"The gaffer (Alan Maybury) was wanting me in earlier and had I been in I probably would have played in the League Cup, but that didn't happen. But it's now up to me to keep my place. I've been happy enough with my performances in the first two games."

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Mutch is hoping for a quieter afternoon tomorrow when Alan Maybury takes his side to Alloa.

The 23-year-old added: "It was certainly a busy week last Saturday against Dunfermline and while it was nice to earn the plaudits, I would have traded it all for a clean sheet and not having to touch the ball. It was disappointing to lose in the manner that we did, but we're hopeful of getting back on track this weekend. It's going to be such a competitive league this year so every point is crucial."