Moving on at Mo’

Montrose manager Stuart Garden has appointed Lee Wilkie as his assistant for the forthcoming season.

Former Scotland international and Dundee United defender Wilkie will now join Garden and George Shields as part of the Links Park coaching team.

Garden said: “I’m absolutely delighted to get him as assistant manager as he’s got so much experience as an ex-player .

“He’s given up being an agent to come to us so he is putting a lot of commitment into the club and we are delighted.”

Garden, who took over the reins at Montrose following Ray Farningham’s departure to Dundee FC, is now looking forward to the new season. He said: “I’m delighted to be manager and looking forward to the season ahead.

“Our aim is the play-offs. Last year we played some good football but defensively we need a lot of work.

“Lee will help us a lot in bringing this on.

“We were really good going forward last year but just let in too many soft goals.”

Although Montrose have not made any new signings as yet, Garden has spoken to around “15 or 20” as he looks to strengthen the squad. Citing players taking their time over decisions and others looking for more money elsewhere, Garden states: “There will be plenty available.”

Montrose FC will kick off their season with a home game against Inverurie Locos in the first round of the Ramsdens Cup.

The game will take place at Links Park on Saturday, July 28, with kick-off at 3pm.

In the Third Division, the Gable Endies’ league campaign will start on Saturday, August 11, with a home game against Clyde.

The first away game of the season will come on Saturday, August 18, at Hampden when Montrose meet Queen’s Park for the first time this season.

Over Christmas and New Year, the Links Park men will have two home games and one away day.

On Boxing Day the club will travel north to face Elgin City.

On Saturday, December 29, Stirling Albion will visit Links Park, while Berwick Rangers will make the long journey north on Wednesday, January 2.

Montrose will finish the season with a long journey to Annan Athletic on Saturday, May 4.

Meanwhile, speculation continues to build around where youngster Martin Boyle will playing next season.

Montrose FC chairman Derek Sim has confirmed that the club has received some notes of interest from clubs down south as well as SPL side Kilmarnock and Aberdeen. He added: “Martin is on holiday at the moment so we will wait and see what happens when he gets back.”

Garden added: “As of now he is still a Montrose player.”