Linlithgow Rose are one of two new clubs in the Lowland League, this season – having been crowned East of Scotland Premier Division Champions, nine points clear of runners-up, Sauchie.
Gaffer, Gordon Herd has laid his cards on the table – asking The Rose to “go challenge”. Whilst losing key-man, Mark Stowe to Arbroath, Herd is happy with the additions to the squad for their inaugural season in the Lowland League, including Dylan Patterson from Bo’ness Athletic, Calum Rae from opening fixture opponents, University of Stirling, and Sean McKirdy, amongst others.
It’s safe to say, University of Stirling had a fantastic 22/23 campaign – finishing eight points off top spot in fourth, only behind Champions and Playoff Winners, Spartans, Rangers B, and Celtic B. They also reached the Scottish Cup Fourth Round, losing 3-0 to Premiership side, Dundee United at Tannadice.
Chris Geddes will be looking at the 22/23 as the bar that’s been set. But, It’s difficult to establish where the Uni squad is at – having lost key-players such as goalkeeper, Ben Fry to Pollok, both Euan McGill and Jamie Thompson to East Stirling, and James Berry to Stenhousemuir.