Around the grounds

To put it mildly, this close season has been a bit of a rollercoaster (writes Sarah McLean).

And unfortunately an awful lot of uncertainty still surrounds the coming season. As it stands Rangers will be in the Third Division. Stranraer have moved up to the Second Division, Airdrie United have moved up to the First Division and Dundee have moved up to the SPL. Right. Sorted? No.

Brechin City are due to host Rangers this coming Sunday in the first round of the Ramsdens Cup. However, the rumour mill churns ever onwards and even this is now in doubt.

Does anyone actually know what’s happening for sure?

I highly doubt it.

Meanwhile, pre-season in Angus has continued as normal. Forfar Athletic have had an excellent start by winning every single one of their games. In five pre-season matches they have scored 21 goals, many coming from new signing Gavin Swankie, and conceeded only four.

Should the ‘Loons manage to keep this up it could be a great season ahead for Forfar fans. Manager Dick Campbell has also done much to boost his squad with a number of new faces coming on board for this season’s campaign.

Forfar also have two big cup ties to look forward to with visits from Dunfermline Athletic and Partick Thistle in the Ramsdens and Communities League Cup respectively.

Montrose have had mixed fortunes throughout pre-season with the worst defeat coming courtesy of Brechin City who hammered the Links Park side 5-0 a week past Saturday. However, they have also taken away some good results with wins against the St Johnstone under 19s and Lochee United.

In the upcoming first rounds of the aforementioned cups Montrose will face Inverurie Locos in the Ramsdens and Cowdenbeath in the Communities League Cup.

Brechin City, should all go according to plan, will host the newco Rangers side at Glebe Park this Sunday in the Ramsdens Cup while the following weekend they will travel to Stenhousemuir for the Communities League Cup.

I, for one, am just glad it’s starting to get back to the football.