Rose snap up ex-Dons striker

New Linlithgow Rose signing Michael Jones in action against Fauldhouse
New Linlithgow Rose signing Michael Jones in action against Fauldhouse

Linlithgow Rose boss Davie McGlynn added to his squad this week when he snapped up former Aberdeen striker Michael Jones on a one-year deal.

The 18-year-old has appeared as a trialist substitute in Rose’s last two games and impressed the Rose boss enough to be offered a contract.

Jones came through the youth ranks at Aberdeen but was released by the Pittodrie club at the end of last season.

He spent most of the campaign on the bench for Aberdeen’s under-20s and McGlynn hopes he will benefit from more regular football with Rose.

He said: “Michael offers us something different up front.

“He’s got a bit of pace about him and a good grounding from his time at Aberdeen.

“He needs regular football to progess and we’ve always said that we don’t stand in players’ way if clubs from a higher grade come in for them.”

The Rose boss has also drafted in full-back Ryan Baptie from Peterhead on a loan deal until January.

The former Hibs youngster will provide cover for Rose’s Chris Gray who will be out through injury for the next couple of weeks.

McGlynn admits that he and his players were frustrated at conceding two late goals in last week’s 2-2 draw with Penicuik at Prestonfield Park.

The draw cost Rose a place at the top of the East Superleague table, rivals Bo’ness taking over after their last gasp win over Carnoustie Panmure.

But the Rose boss said he did take consolation from the way his side played.

He said: “I thought we were absolutely fantastic and we should have scored five or six. But we just lost a bit of shape and it cost us.

“The players were absolutely gutted afterwards but we looked at the video and we can work on the mistakes.”

Rose are at home Hill of Beath Hawthorn this Saturday and McGlynn is hoping his side can improve on a poor home record against the Fife side.

He said: “We’ve had a lot of changes compared to other sides but we’re getting there.

“We’ll get better and hopefully we can continue that against Hill of Beath.”