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Jordan Macdonald still keen to bolster Clachnacuddin's defence despite arrival of former Inverness Caley Thistle skipper Gary Warren

By Alasdair Fraser

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Clach still want to strengthen further in defence despite the capture of Caley Thistle legend Gary Warren.

The high-profile signing of the ex-ICT club captain at Grant Street promises to inject a wealth of experience and know-how into the young, promising Lilywhites squad.

Warren, a Scottish Cup winner with European football experience, has signed a one-year deal with another year’s option.

Manager Jordan Macdonald has huge faith in his developing group of players, but admits his rearguard proved an Achilles heel last season, his first full campaign in charge.

Clachnacuddin boss Jordan Macdonald right is looking to focus on defence in the transfer market. Picture: Callum Mackay
Clachnacuddin boss Jordan Macdonald right is looking to focus on defence in the transfer market. Picture: Callum Mackay

Defence, as it stands, is the only target area for recruitment for Macdonald.

“It is just the defensive areas we want to strengthen,” Macdonald stressed.

“That’s the only area we need new additions.

“We have midfielders, wingers, keepers and strikers – including the best young goalscorer in the league – but we need to add to the defence.

“We don’t need a lot. We just need the right ones who fit into our dressing room and how we play.

“It is not just about someone really good becoming available. Anyone coming in has to blend into that and fit into how we work.

“We have a really young, enthusiastic dressing room and it is good fun.

“We don’t want to do anything that disrupts that.”

More signings could be imminent, but Macdonald is taking nothing for granted before deals are done and dusted, adding: “We’re still looking.

“There’s a couple we might get over the line, but things can change in football in a click of your fingers.”

Clach took a 5–0 beating in their first pre-season friendly at home to League Two Elgin City, but Macdonald saw plenty of positives.

“It was just the old Achilles heel, with three goals conceded from set pieces,” he said.

“That’s a problem we had last year and it is up to us to iron that out. If it has to happen, pre-season gives us a chance to work on it..

“Against Elgin, it was good minutes in the boys’ legs and that’s what it is all about. It was a really good test and the boys worked hard.”

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