Linlithgow boss: Still mileage left in title race

Linlithgow Rose boss Davie McGlynn
Linlithgow Rose boss Davie McGlynn

Linlithgow Rose will be out to maintain their unbeaten home record on Saturday as they continue their efforts to close the gap on the Superleague leaders.

Rose are the only team in the league who have yet to lose at home - and manager Davie McGlynn knows another victory against his old club Musselburgh is essential if they are to keep the pressure on.

Linlithgow are fifth in the table but have games in hand over all the sides above them, although Bonnyrigg Rose remain in pole position with a 10 point lead over Linlithgow with just one more game played.

But all four of the sides above them - Bonnyrigg, Bo’ness, Kelty Hearts and Musselburgh - have still to visit Linlithgow.

And with an away match at Kelty also still to come - and something bound to give when Bo’ness and Bonnyrigg clash later this month - McGlynn is not giving up on the title just yet.

He said: “We know it’s going to be very difficult and that things are out of our hands at the moment.

“Since we beat Bonnyrigg away they have been on a great run and if they keep on winning they will win the league.

“All we can do is keep winning our own games and try to keep the pressure on them before we play them.

“Kelty are also still in the mix and Bo’ness will also have a say.

“We’ve a lot of games to catch up on and we’re going to start midweek games in a couple of weeks. So while we know it’s going to be difficult there’s a lot of football still to be played.”

First up is Saturday’s match against Musselburgh, a side who beat Rose in last season’s Scottish Junior Cup semi-finals and also ran out 2-1 winners when the sides met at Musselburgh in November.

McGlynn said: “Obviously I know them well, a lot of the players they have are my players.

“They have been going well but last week at Carnoustie was as well as we have played for a long time.

“Since losing to Kilwinning in the Scottish Cup we have won two out of two so we just need to try and keep that going.”