Exclusive: Linlithgow Rose face goalie crisis as Brian Schwake returns to Livingston

Linlithgow Rose face a potential crisis between the sticks as on loan American goalkeeper Brian Schwake has returned to parent club Livingston.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 12:52 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th March 2021, 12:56 pm
Brown Ferguson wants clarity on if and when the 2020-21 East of Scotland Premier Division is going to resume (Pic by Alan Murray)

With squad keeper Lee Wilson currently out injured, it means that any imminent resumption of the East of Scotland Premier Division – postponed since January due to coronavirus – would see Rose without a recognised goalie.

Rose manager Brown Ferguson, who doesn’t believe the 2020-21 league campaign will restart, told the Journal and Gazette: “Brian has been recalled by Livingston and rightly so because they want to try and get him out on loan to get him exposed to more football.

"They want the lad to be in a position to go to a League 1 or League 2 club and play games of football which is completely the right thing to do.

"The player is getting the chance to play football which is so important. If we’re not going to provide them with that then somebody else should.

"But obviously if we were to restart we could be without a goalkeeper at this moment in time with Lee still carrying an injury.

"So we need clarity on all this.

"If they turn round tomorrow and say: ‘We’re back, we’re playing’ then we’re obviously looking for another goalkeeper to either start or support Lee depending on how his elbow injury’s been.”

And Brown joked: “I will turn my hand to anything. I can be bad at anything!

"I can be as effective in goal as I probably would be in the middle of the park. I will leave it at that!”

He said Rose are actively trying to sign new players.