Juniors: Duo’s absence won’t hamper Star

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NEWTONGRANGE STAR boss Alan Miller believes he has the squad to cope with the absence of two key players for tomorrow’s Super League clash at Carnoustie Panmure.

Paul Tansey and Sean Jamieson have been called up for the Scotland Junior team as they compete in the Limerick Tournament.

While other clubs had their matches postponed this weekend to accommodate Scotland call-ups, Miller is quite happy to play tomorrow’s match.

“I am more than happy to play the game against Carnoustie without Paul and Sean because I have every faith in the quality of the players in the squad,” said Miller.

“We’re obviously delighted for the two lads in Ireland, but this club is more than just about national recognition, it’s about all the players.

“I signed players because they are good footballers who can play to a high standard and that’s why we can go to Carnoustie with the rest of the squad and get a result.”

Miller’s men, who spent two seasons in the Premier League, have settled back into the Super League like they have never been away and they sit top of the league with five wins from eight matches. With their rivals idle tomorrow, Star are keen to extend their advantage.

“If we were the surprise package to the league this season we’re not any more,” said Miller. “Teams are recognising that we’re here on merit and intend to stay here. We’ve added to the quality of the Super League and we’re delighted with the progress so far.”

There are three games in the Premier League, with title hopefuls Bathgate looking to overtake Penicuik at the top of the table when they host Montrose. Dalkeith travel to Kirriemuir, while Livingston are away to Dundee Violet.

Tranent have a Scottish Junior Cup first-round replay at home to Aberdeenshire side Islavale, with the East Lothian side expecting a bumper crowd.

In the Fife & Lothians Cup first round, Fauldhouse play Ballingry, Whitburn are at home to St Andrews, Armadale are at Hill Of Beath and Arniston visit Steelend.

In the second round, Edinburgh United face a tough trip to Musselburgh