Mo boss Hegarty says bring on Berwick

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Montrose manager Paul Hegarty says he’s seen enough from his players to feel confident ahead of this Saturday’s League Two opener against Berwick Rangers.

Hegarty’s side has lost their two competitive games so far as they went out of the Petrofac Training Cup and Scottish League Cup at the hands of Forfar Athletic and Hibernian respectively.

We’ve got one or two players in who have played lower level but they will be delighted with what they’ve done.

Paul Hegarty

But the performances of the Gable Endies in those outings is cause for optimism according to the Montrose boss, with the side containing Championship title chasers Hibs for most of the game and dominating Forfar for the first half of their clash.

Paul said: “We did well against Hibs up to about the hour mark. The full-time fitness kicked in and the better quality.

“We were happy with their attitude and their discipline throughout the game.

“It’s disappointing to lose two late goals, and maybe if we’d had a few more shots on target it might have been better.

“But we’re overall very pleased with the display.

“We’re out of the cups after that game and Forfar but they were good performances. We’re just eager to get a win against Berwick.

“You go into every game with a bit of belief to try and win. What I was encouraged by was the attitude of the players.

“Their attitude has been excellent throughout pre-season and the cup games. They’ve realised they have come a long way since pre-season.

“They hadn’t played that well but like always, they came alive in the competitive games. Hopefully we take that on to Berwick Rangers and we begin picking up as many points as possible.

“We’re looking forward to the Berwick game, we’re going down there confident. We’re not going to play Forfar Athletic and Hibs every week in this league.

“Hopefully we can do what we’ve done over the last two weeks, okay we lost the two games but it’s the manner in which we played that is the pleasing aspect.

“Now we need to get the wins in and when you get winning, the players feel more confident and we can go from there hopefully.

“We’ll be judged on league performances. Getting through against Forfar or Hibs would’ve been a bonus and I was pleased with great aspects from both games. We played a good 70 minutes before Hibs scored a second goal.”

Ross Salmon is the latest new recruit and Hegarty added that while he’s working on a few more additions, nothing is close just yet.

He also waved off suggestions the club is in for Jon Daly and Andy Webster.

He added: “Nothing is happening player-wise since Ross Salmon. There have been lots of rumours but it’s certainly not true.

“We’d like two or three players in to strengthen the squad. We’ve got a few players in who haven’t played at this level before and it’s a bit alien to them. But they’ve shown up really well.

“I’ve got a squad of 17 or 18 players. We’re looking to add two or three experienced players.

“That’s very easy to say but it’s also difficult to sign these players.

“They might be snapped up by other teams or they’re looking for money or an easier location.

“We’ve done ever so well to get certain players in this year. We’ve got one or two players in who have played lower level but they will be delighted with what they’ve done.”