Premiership squad keeper in verbal agreement to join Linlithgow Rose

In what would be a major coup, Linlithgow Rose gaffer Brown Ferguson has verbally agreed to sign a Premiership squad goalkeeper on loan for next season.

Thursday, 20th August 2020, 2:32 pm
Updated Thursday, 20th August 2020, 2:35 pm
Linlithgow Rose manager Brown Ferguson

Ferguson, who is targeting East of Scotland Premier Division title glory next season, hopes to conclude the deal over the next few days.

He told the Journal and Gazette: “It has been verbally agreed between the clubs but nothing has been signed.

“I would rather keep the name of the club and the person out.

“But I would definitely be ecstatic if we got this boy in.

“We’ve obviously got Lee Wilson at the club already who’s a very competent keeper. If we get this one over the line then I think we’ve got two excellent goalkeepers. The squad is shaping up very nicely.

“I think the intentions have been made clear from the get go – before we started to sign players – what our intentions are this season.

“Obviously you’re only as good as the players that you’ve got and I’m happy with what we’re bringing in.

“This is possibly our seventh or eighth signing and every single one of them I feel is adding strength to the group that were already there.

“We’re now close to returning (at training next Tuesday, August 25) and obviously the next stage for us to get the players ready to make an attack on the league.”

Ferguson is also in continued talks with an experienced senior striker he is hopeful of signing.

And he gave his reaction to this week’s statement by The Pyramid Restart group – which is overseeing arrangements for the return of the Lowland League and South, East and West of Scotland Leagues – urging clubs not to risk a delay to the new season by failing to adhere to coronavirus safety guidelines.

He said: “We are aware of clubs and people perhaps not abiding by the rules and it’s been profiled by players from Aberdeen and Celtic.

“We’ve got a situation just now where we have to abide by the rules. People need to be patient and we need to operate as best we can under the guidelines we’ve been given. When people ignore the rules that is affecting everyone.

“I hope that colleagues from other clubs feel the same way and aren’t going to put us in any danger of missing out on the chance to go back.”