Linlithgow have selection poser to keep top strikers happy

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Linlithgow Rose assistant Alan Moffat admits he and manager Danny Smith face a headache in picking the right squad for tomorrow’s William Hill Scottish Cup second-round tie at home to Lowland League side Dalbeattie Star.

Although Rose have no injury worries, that makes their task harder according to Moffat, with striker Colin Strickland also bagging a double last weekend to vie for a starting place with forwards Tommy Coyne and Kevin Kelbie.

Strickland had to settle for a place on the bench in their first-round replay at home to Fraserburgh, with new signing Kelbie and free-scoring Coyne given starting berths.

“The three of them are probably as good a strike force in the juniors as anyone,” said Moffat.

“It’s just a case of trying to keep them all happy – it’s hard to do that but it’s a good headache for Danny to have.”

Rose warmed up for tomorrow’s match with a 2-1 win Super League win over Camelon at Prestonfield – Strickland netting a late free-kick to snatch all three points, although Moffat felt they should’ve played better.

“We never played great,” he said.

“Camelon defended well, but we got an early goal and thought we’d kick on from there. It was looking like a draw until wee Colin Strickland scored. It wasn’t the best performance but the most important thing is that we got the three points.”

Dalbeattie have lost just once in this season’s Lowland League. The Dumfries outfit sit in fifth-place on 18 points after four wins and six draws from their opening 11 games.

Moffat is just happy that Rose have a home draw, believing they can give anyone a game on their own park.

“It will be a difficult game for us, but it’s a winnable one,” he said.

“We are more than capable of winning at home against anybody.”

Brothers Ruari and Roddy MacLennan are back in contention for a starting place after missing last weekend’s match through injury.