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Co-managers appointed to lead Lovat into 2020 shinty season

By Will Clark

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Lovat have appointed Jamie Matheson and Alan MacRae as the club’s new co-managers to replace Fraser Gallacher.

Matheson takes the step-up from managing the club’s second team in their successful season in North Division One after he was involved in the 2018 promotion winning team.

He will be replaced in the second team role by Raymond Rennie whose goals in the last two seasons have helped Lovat to become a force in the highly competitive area league set-up.

Club chairman John MacRitchie is delighted that Matheson has accepted the challenge and is already looking forward to the 2020 season.

“This is great news for the club and we are confident that Jamie and Alan will take us forward and hopefully put some silverware in the cabinet.

“Jamie has shown that he can deal effectively with players and get the best out of them and Alan has terrific experience and is good tactically”.

“We are also very pleased that Raymond has taken on the second team. He is great with the younger players and the bonus is that he intends to keep playing”.

Matheson has played for the club for a number of seasons and is the older brother of Lovat’s Scotland striker Greg.

Meanwhile, in an early bonus for the new manager, MacRitchie confirmed that Drew Howie, who has been on a year away travelling will be back in the squad next season and is already involved in getting his fitness levels up to scratch.

MacRitchie is also hopeful that Scott MacKenzie, who showed terrific promise before stepping away from the sport for two years, will also return to the fold.

Elsewhere, Oban will hope to dislodge Lovat from the runners-up spot in the Premiership with a win over relegated Lochaber, while Kyles Athletic are also targeting second in their penultimate match against Kilmallie.

The destination of the North Division One title will be settled with Newtonmore needing a five-goal win over Aberdeen University to deny Glengarry on goal difference.

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