Rab praises back four after superb display vs Blues

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Veteran goalkeeper Rab Douglas said it’s up to Alloa Athletic to show why they’re favourites in the Championship Play-off Final.

Forfar cruised into the final with a 4-1 aggregate victory over Stranraer to set up a date with the Wasps this week.

Douglas’s role in Saturday’s 1-1 second leg draw with the Blues was one he’s been able to enjoy so very often this season - left to do very little by his superb defence, but carrying out what duties he was required to with the utmost ability.

The goalkeeper praised the back four - and screening midfielder Derek Young - with special mention for young left back Michael Kennedy, who made just his second appearance for the senior outfit and continues to look completely comfortable next to the likes of Darren Dods and Stuart Malcolm.

Rab said: “It was a great result and good performance again. We knew that Stranraer had to come out at us.

“It’s up to Alloa to show why they’ll be favourites but we’ll welcome that. It’s up to them to prove their Championship status.

“I had very little to do which was down to the back four and Derek sitting in front of them. It was good for the young boys to take part, I thought young Michael at left back was great again.”

Douglas admitted the first half penalty award to Stranraer was the correct decision.

He added that he feels the next two games are among the biggest of his career.

The keeper said: “It’s a penalty, Trav dives in which is disappointing. We did the work at home the other night.

“We contained Stranraer and David Mitchell had some great saves for them. The gaffer changed things at half-time and that got us up the park a bit more.

“Omar’s always a willing runner and bringing Danny on brought that balance back.

“The next two are the biggest games. At my age you never know when a game could be your last. It’s a great bunch of boys, I love it.

“To go and achieve something, we’ve got points to prove. We were written off at the start of the season by a number of journalists which were big incentives to begin with.

“You’ll never know when it could come again for me.

“Alloa will be odds-on favourites and there’s no doubt about that. Both teams play on an artificial surface so hopefully it will be a good two games and we do ourselves justice.”