Friday 23rd January 2015

DUMBARTON are facing important upcoming games with a weakened squad, but are determined to strengthen their mid-table position despite the difficulties.

Manager Ian Murray, who has had a busy week, said in the run-up to the Livingston game this weekend: “We want to continue to pull away from the relegation danger zone.

“However, a combination of injuries and player movements has left us down to the bare bones in terms of personnel.

“But I believe we have the quality there and having Stuart Findlay and Dylan [Easton] on board eases things slightly.

“That still leaves us with places to fill and we are working to bring in players in this transfer window.

“However, as always, nothing is as simple as that.

“Many sides are on the look-out for players, and we are looking to fill specific roles with players of the standard we require.

“We will not be filling spaces in the squad just for the sake of doing so.”

Reflecting on the previous week’s defeat at Raith Rovers, the manager said: “I thought we were worthy of a draw at least.

“Our second half performance merited a point, but it wasn’t to be.”

The last seven days has also seen movement in the back room, with Guillame Beuzelin, or ‘Boozy’ as he’s better known, leaving the Rock to join the new coaching team at Hamilton Accies.

Garry Fleming (pictured above) will play his last game against Livingston before incurring the wrath of the SFA to serve a suspension following his accumulation of 6 yellow-cards.

Jordan Kirkpatrick is still in the rehab phase relating to his leg injury and will sit this game out. Mark Gilhaney too is at least two to three weeks away from fitness after sustaining a broken nose in training last week. New loan-signing Dylan Easton is added to the squad.

Alan Findlay & Simon Barrow

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