League results don’t matter to Bonnyrigg Rose manager David McGlynn, as he is giving his entire squad the opportunity to prove themselves ahead of next season.
Rose have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions after 11 victories in 14 matches under the former Musselburgh manager, with the catalyst to their recent slump being a 4-1 loss to his former club in late January.
With the New Dundas Park men are sitting comfortable in sixth place and the league title is out of reach, McGlynn will use their remaining nine league matches to rotate his squad, while identifying signing targets to bring in over the summer.
“We’ve been chopping and changing because the fact is we can’t win the league and we can’t go down,” he said. “It’s about getting boys fit and me getting to see them for next season because I’ve not seen a lot of them as I’ve not been in the job that long.
“Results don’t matter at all to me now in the league. We’ll play what I think is our strongest team in the cups, but in the league the team will be rotated a lot.”
Rose went down 1-0 to Broxburn Athletic last weekend, with former Hearts player Joe Hamill and Alex King receiving red cards, although Hamill could be available for tomorrow’s trip to Hill of Beath after Bonnyrigg appealed the sending-off.
Midfielder King is in talks to move to Linlithgow Rose after both clubs agreed a fee, with the 29-year-old having asked to be placed on the transfer list last Saturday. “His style of football doesn’t the suit the way I’m playing and he feels he isn’t suited to it,” said McGlynn. “I wouldn’t stand in anyone’s way if they aren’t happy.”
McGlynn brought in 21-year-old striker Errol Douglas on loan from Spartans earlier this month and he hopes to have Peterhead forward Fraser McLaren in his squad for tomorrow’s match. The 26-year-old, who won six caps for Scotland at under-19 level, is close to signing on loan.
Elsewhere in the Super League, Broxburn host Bo’ness United in a rearranged game at Albyn Park. The original match was called off at half-time back in January due to snow with Bo’ness 1-0 up.