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Nairn County manager reported to be target for Elgin City as League Two club continue search for new boss

By Will Clark

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Breedon Highland Leauge. Nairn County v Brora Rangers. Steven Mackay. Picture: Callum Mackay..
Breedon Highland Leauge. Nairn County v Brora Rangers. Steven Mackay. Picture: Callum Mackay..

NAIRN County boss Steven Mackay is believed to be one of Elgin City’s main targets to become their next manager.

Sources have told the Inverness Courier that the League Two club are keen to talk to Mackay about taking over at Borough Briggs and have made an approach to Nairn County to hold discussions with the 42-year-old.

Nairn County declined to comment on the speculation when they were contacted yesterday.

Mackay also declined to talk on the speculation, saying his only focus was on Nairn County’s Highland League clash against Clachnacuddin tomorrow night, as they look to continue their impressive run of seven wins in all competitions.

Nairn continued their winning run on Saturday when they defeated Forres Mechanics 2-1 at Station Park.

Mackay is set to lock horns with former Nairn County player Conor Gethins, who took over as manager of Clachnacuddin last month.

Mackay says derby clashes against Clachnacuddin are always hotly contested matches.

He expects it to be no different when they head to Inverness tomorrow night.

“Games against Clachnacuddin are notorious for not being friendly,” he said.

“I have a lot of time and respect for Conor and we have shared a lot of dressing rooms in the past with a good friendship off the park.

“But that will be put to one side on Wednesday night.
“They will be looking to get their first win of the season and we want to beat them.
“There will be no element of friendliness I can assure you.

“They have good players such as Connor Bunce and Lewis Mackenzie who are threats with their pace.

“However they are conceding a lot of goals as well, so we will be looking at that too.

“There will be some added spice with Conor now being the manager of Clachnacuddin.

“But this is an important game for us, we are in the mix of where we want to be after a tough start. It is important we go there with all the confidence we have picked up over the last seven wins.”

After a poor start to the season, Nairn County now find themselves in sixth place in the Highland League. They have now won their last seven games in all competitions, including the North of Scotland Cup semi final win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle and defeating Ross County in the final nine days ago.

Mackay says there is a real feel good factor in the dressing room and he is determined to keep that going.

“Our target has not changed, we are in and around where we hoped we would be.

“The start did put us back, but we knew games against Brora Rangers, Buckie Thistle and Brechin City are tough and we would do well to get points from those matches. Once we got those games out of the way, we knew we could get among the teams where we thought we could be.”

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