BOSS PAUL LOOKING FORWARD TO LOCKING HORNS WITH OLD PAL MARK AT BRECHIN
Paul Hartley will be aiming to get the better of one of his best pals in football this weekend.
We return to Ladbrokes League Two duty by taking on Brechin City at Glebe Park on Saturday.
Paul is delighted he will also have the chance to catch up with his former Celtic team-mate Mark Wilson, who was appointed as the new manager of Brechin on September 5
Paul said: “I’m obviously hoping to spoil Mark’s day by winning the game but I’m delighted to see him back in management.
“We became good friends during our time together at Celtic.
“I also gave Mark his first coaching job when I was manager of Alloa Athletic, so we have always been pretty close.
“He coached the Alloa reserve side and did an excellent job.
“Mark also did well at Airdrie and got them into the play-offs, which underlined his talent as a coach.
“Mark is also a great bloke, I have a lot of time for him and I’m pleased that Brechin have given him the chance to get back involved at SPFL level.
“It will make our job harder because they will get a lift from Mark coming in.
“You have to expect that because he’s played at the highest levels and uses that experience well now that he is on the coaching side.
“There is no doubt Mark well help Brechin recover from what they would see as a slow start to their campaign.
“It was always going to be hard for them because they had to practically build a completely new team in the summer.
“I’ve had to do that as a manager, it’s not an easy task.
“Mark’s been working with them for a couple weeks now though, so they will looking to step thing up from here on.
“The good thing is we are going there in good league form.
“I really can’t praise our players enough for what they have given us so far.
“I knew from my time helping the club towards the end of last season that there was a lot of quality in that dressing room.
“But just how good they are has become even more evident since having to the opportunity to work with them on a regular basis.
“We’ve added some quality to the squad too and they continued to show the high standards that have always been associated to Cove Rangers.
“The way the players who were already here have welcomed the new arrivals has played a big part.
“They accept there is strong competition for starting places but accept that because they all want to do well for our club.
“They have certainly done that so far but, as I keep reminding them, it’s very early doors.
“We are only five games into the league campaign and still have a lot of huge tests ahead, like the trip to Glebe Park.
“The challenge to the players is to see if they can continue to show the same desire and hunger that helped us do so well in the first month of the campaign.”