Bo'ness United boss Max Christie assesses "unique challenges" of Lowland League

Bo’ness United manager Max Christie has been outlining the “unique challenges” his side will face in next season’s Lowland League.

Thursday, 10th September 2020, 5:20 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th September 2020, 5:24 pm
Bo’ness United manager Max Christie is pleased to have clarity about the make-up of next season’s Lowland League

As reported last week, the 17-team division is scheduled to start on October 10, with the newly promoted BUs in amongst big guns including Kelty Hearts, East Kilbride and Bonnyrigg Rose as they bid to establish themselves in the Scottish football pyramid’s fifth tier.

“They are all good progressive clubs,” Christie told the Journal and Gazette.

“It’s no secret that they’ve spent a lot of money, certainly East Kilbride and Kelty have.

“But there’s other good teams too, the likes of Spartans, East Stirling and Caledonian Braves.

“It’s a good standard of football so we’re really looking forward to it.

“I will be delighted to get back playing.

“Obviously I think there are 10 midweek games so we’ll need all our squad available and that brings its own challenges with midweek work commitments and travelling.

“Boys are running into a car then jumping out the car to play football having had a busy day at work.

“So it’s a totally different kind of preparation for the team but we’re looking forward to it.”

Meanwhile, Bo’ness have put both Brian Morgan and Kieran Anderson on the transfer list.

“There has already been interest in the two players from other clubs,” Christie added.

“I think it was a lifestyle issue for Brian.

“He is a Sauchie boy and was finding the travelling from Sauchie to Bo’ness a bit tough.

“It’s a wake up call for Kieran.

“He has come in, he needs to lose weight and get fitter and have a better attitude about the place and he has to be fair.

“He’s a talented boy, I had him at Broxburn (where Christie was manager from 2015 to 2017), I paid money for him.

“But there comes a point where he is not a kid any more and he needs to show us whether he wants to play football at this level or does he want to go and play amateur?

“Does he want to score 50 goals a year at that level or does he want to challenge himself?

“The ball’s in his court.”