Boss backs striking partnership

MONTROSE boss Jim Weir has backed strikers Andy Rodgers and John Baird to score the goals that will put his side in contention near the top of division three.

The manager was speaking after he had completed the sale of Scott Michie to Highland League side Inverurie Locos.

"I had a chat with Scott at the end of last season, then again a few weeks later and I told him that it would be difficult for him to get a start next season.

"I told him that there had been a bit of interest in him and while I wasn't forcing him out the door, he could speak to those clubs.

"Scott is a good professional and he goes with our best wishes. He has done an excellent job for the club, although he himself admits that last season was his poorest."

Michie was under contract for another year and Locos paid an undisclosed fee to Montrose.

"We now only have Rodgers and Baird and I am looking to add another striker, perhaps someone a bit different. We will need more than two front men.

"I am also pursuing a couple more players and we will just have to wait and see."

Defender Stuart Malcolm, who finished last season at Montrose on loan from Alloa, has joined a team in Ireland.

As announced last week, Montrose have drawn up a programme of pre-season friendlies which includes games against local rivals Brechin and Dundee, Highland League pair Inverurie and Cove and juniors Carnoustie.

It had been hoped to arrange a glamour friendly for Saturday, July 28, to officially open the new all-weather surface at Links Park, but the manager says that has proved difficult.

"There has been some apprehension among clubs about our new surface, although that will change once it is laid. We will play a game on the 28th, but we may wait until later to stage a game to officially open our new pitch."

Pre-season training starts on June 28 and Weir is confident that his players will all come back in good shape.