Albion Rovers new boy Paul Allan admits boss Brian Reid is sure to bend his ear for the lowdown on Brechin City ahead of their bottom of the table clash this weekend.

The 20-year-old midfielder, who has arrived at Cliftonhill from Dunfermline, spent last season on loan at City and spent much of the last campaign chasing Rovers’ coattails.

Rovers and Brechin made up the bottom two in the division last term and City avoided the drop after the SPFL deemed there would be relegation or play-offs in the lower leagues when they called the season on average points due to Covid-19.

Football may be back but there is a feeling of deja vu just two games in for the clubs, with both propping up the table on zero points from their opening two games.

So Allan knows it’s vital Rovers get off the mark on Saturday and he expects to be providing a scouting report for his new gaffer.

He said: “It’s a game I’m looking forward to after being at Brechin last season. Obviously both of us are at the bottom of the table – I know it’s only two games in – but it’s a big game for us to hopefully pick up the three points and build confidence throughout the squad.

Albion Rovers boss Brian Reid

”I’ve not had a full on chat with the manager about it yet, but I’m sure he will be looking to pick up pieces here and there from me to help us get a victory. 

“It will be strange playing them, but that’s how football works. It will be good to see a few of the boys I was with last season, but it’s a game I’ll be looking to help Albion to three points this time.

“We’ll be confident going into it and I feel we’ve got a good enough team to pick up the points and get our season going on Saturday.

“I feel as though the boys will see it as a big game because last season when I was at Brechin, Albion were the team we were looking to keep in touch with, so if it’s going to be a similar situation again then it’s a game we want to win.”

On Saturday Allan made his debut in a 2-0 defeat to Queen’s Park and while he didn’t get off to a winning start, he’s seen enough already to suggest Rovers can do the business against Brechin.

He added: “Queen’s Park are a team who will be looking to be right up there at the top of the table, and we put them under pressure in the second half.

Albion Rovers' Cliftonhill stadium is set to host the clash

“So it would build confidence if we can kick on. We won’t be far off the play-offs if we can, so it can completely change the outlook of our season.”

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