Safety first for Musselburgh boss Stevie McLeish

Two wins: Stevie McLeish.
Two wins: Stevie McLeish.
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Musselburgh Athletic boss Stevie McLeish wants his side to concentrate on securing their Super League status for next season before they start thinking about how high they can finish in the table.

The Olivebank side currently sit joint fifth alongside tomorrow’s opponents Bo’ness United, whom they take on at Newtown Park tomorrow.

Former Hibs coach McLeish believes they require two wins to secure safety.

“I keep saying to the guys that we are two wins away from being safe,” said McLeish. “Once we get those two wins, then we can start thinking about where we want to finish and how serious are we. It sounds daft because we are sitting sixth in the league just now, but I want safety before we start thinking how far we want to go.”

Musselburgh haven’t played since the end of November – their last two scheduled matches frozen-off. McLeish has utilised the two free weekend’s smartly, however, opting to watch tomorrow’s opponents in action against Armadale and Kelty Hearts.

He is well aware of the threat they pose, but is looking forward to facing the champions.

“It’ll be nice to test ourselves against Bo’ness tomorrow. I’ve watched them the last two weeks and they are a very impressive side, to be fair. You can see why they were champions last year as they have lots of pace and lots of quality.

“You want to test yourself against the best, and certainly at this level, Bo’ness are in that bracket without a doubt. It’s going to be good on Saturday – I’m going to enjoy it.”

Although seeing at first-hand the threat Bo’ness pose, with the BUs recording a 3-0 win against Armadale and a 1-0 victory over the league leaders last weekend, McLeish is confident in the ability of his squad and is hopeful that they can spring a surprise.

He added: “We might not have the same experience in terms of winning leagues, but we have some quality players and I have every reason to believe in them.”

Musselburgh are without midfielder Kevin McDonald, who has a knee injury, while Bo’ness are still missing forward Darren Gribben and goalkeeper Mark Peat.