Bonnyrigg mix it up for Glens cup tie

Bonnyrigg manager Robbie Horn
Bonnyrigg manager Robbie Horn
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Bonnyrigg Rose are on a red-hot run of eight games unbeaten, but manager Robbie Horn insists they won’t be taking lower-league opponents Glenrothes lightly tomorrow.

The two sides clash at New Dundas Park in the Fife & Lothians Cup first round, with Glens unbeaten so far and top of the North Division.

“Glenrothes are going well in their league and they won’t be taken lightly, but I might make a few changes just to freshen it up a wee bit as I’ve got players who are needing game time, although I don’t think that will weaken the team,” said Horn.

“It’s a chance for boys to go and show me that they should be starting themselves. There is competition for places, but there is also a good spirit amongst the boys – they all get on and play for each other, so I don’t think a few alterations will upset us too much.”

Former Berwick Rangers assistant Horn has been so impressed with summer arrival Kieran McGachie that he’s handed the 22-year-old striker an improved deal with an extra year on top. Horn said: “He’s been absolutely immense for us this season. He’s a big, strong boy and he’s quick. He’s heavily involved in what we are doing and his attitude has been first class. He’s a local boy and I think that’s important as supporters want to see local boys playing.”

Rose are without captain Ross Archibald and defender Ruaridh Donaldson for tomorrow’s match.

Elsewhere, Broxburn Athletic are the first visitors to Kelty Hearts’ new 3G pitch, while Newtongrange Star and Bo’ness face away trips to Thornton Hibs and Newburgh. Musselburgh host Kirkcaldy YM and Tranent go to Whitburn in an all-South Division clash.