Bonnyrigg’s Hislop and Rose won’t concede title

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Bonnyrigg Rose player-coach Steven Hislop admits winning the Super League title would be a “mammoth task”, but it will be their aim until it is mathematically impossible.

Rose have lost just one of their last ten league fixtures and are revitalised under manager David McGlynn who took over the New Dundas Park reigns from Max Christie in September.

Early talk of a relegation battle after four straight losses in their opening four league matches has been dispelled where they now sit fifth in the table with a game in hand, and are 13 points behind leaders Kelty Hearts ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Armadale Thistle.

“If we win the league, perfect, I’m not ruling us out, but it’s a mammoth task and maybe just one step too far. If we don’t win it, we’d want to finish the best of the rest,” said Hislop.

“I’m not saying we are out the league, but it is outwith our control. Even if we win all our games, we’d need other teams to slip up. We’ll try and get up as high as possible.

“We are quietly creeping up the league and we’ll let the teams at the top battle it out. If we can finish best of the rest, then it’ll be a good season.”

Tomorrow’s encounter at Volunteer Park is Rose’s first league fixture since a 2-2 draw at home to Hill of Beath on December 20. McGlynn and Hislop opted to give their players a rest over the festive period, although they took part in a friendly against East of Scotland outfit Easthouses Lilly which they won 5-2.

Next weekend Rose host Bellshill Athletic in the fourth round of the Scottish Junior Cup. Bellshill who are top of Central Division One, with just one loss in the league so far this season, will provide a stern test, but Hislop believes it is a winnable tie.

He added: “We are still in all the cups. The Scottish is a big one for everybody and it is certainly high up there for us.

“If we are in it, we want to win it. We are at home and it’s a nice draw for us, albeit they are flying at the top of their league.”

Rose are still without midfielder Stuart Roseburgh through a knee injury, although defender Jonathan Brown is in contention to start after recovering from an ankle problem.