Clachnacuddin's new captain to be named for clash with Inverness Caledonian Thistle tonight
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CLACHNACUDDIN will announce their new club captain ahead of tomorrow night’s pre-season friendly with Caley Thistle.
The Championship neighbours visit Grant Street Park for a 7.30pm kick-off, with new manager Billy Dodds giving his new-look squad a first run-out.
Lilywhites manager Jordan MacDonald lost skipper Michael Finnis under freedom of contract this summer, with Rothes snapping up the long-serving defender.
MacDonald and his backroom team have carefully considered who should replace Finnis and consulted with several players before making their decision, but it is one he is keeping under wraps for now.
MacDonald said: “We’re not quite ready to announce it as we haven’t spoken to the individual yet. It is something we’ve taken our time with, and spoke to a couple of players about, just to get their opinion as well. It will become apparent for Wednesday’s friendly match.”
The Merkinch team have played just twice since MacDonald’s appointment in September, with outings between lockdowns bringing only a Scottish Cup exit to Caledonian Braves and solitary league beating by Inverurie Locos early in the New Year.
The craving for action will at last be sated by six friendlies, including an opening three in six days – last night’s trip to face Forres Thistle, tomorrow’s Caley Thistle tie and Saturday’s hosting of East of Scotland League Broxburn.
MacDonald said: “A lot of teams are having opponents pull out of friendlies, so we’re just glad to get matches. We know we are going to be worked really hard by Caley Thistle, but that’s what pre-season is all about.
“We’ve been back training for two weeks now and the boys are just desperate to play. When you think about it, they’ve hardly kicked a ball in more than a year. You need regular football to get going and we’ll play three games in five days, so we’re looking forward to it.”