This Scottish League 2 football preview is written by David Farrell, a former journey man pro who has kitted out for Hibs, Partick Thistle, Airdrie and Albion Rovers among others.
David has already completed a Scottish League 1 preview and he is about to release a book about his experiences. You can read his musings on a footballers’ life in his blog “Football From The Inside“.
Like the rest of Scottish Football, League 1 will, as always, be very difficult to win but with Dunfermline having both the budget and resources they may be able to make things easier than expected. However, Scottish League 2 should prove a much tighter affair.
Scottish League 2 Preview
Scottish League 2 should have quite a few teams fancying their chances of lifting the silverware come the end of a long hard season. East Fife, Annan, Stirling Albion and Arbroath have all been busy in the free transfer market over the summer.
East Fife were my tip for the title last season and they got it going all too late to secure a play off spot only to lose to Stenhousemuir. They will again be challenging but Gary Naysmith will be pleased to hear they’re not getting the Farrell donation this season.
Annan are always in or around the play-offs and I see this season being no different. The plastic pitch down there is always a guarantee of a few extra points for them and in Jim Chapman they have an experienced campaigner who knows the Scottish League 2 division well.
Arbroath have lost their main goal threat from the past few seasons and will be looking for fresh impetus from players like Grehan and Coult, but do they have enough firepower about them to take the title?
Stirling Albion, Queens Park and Berwick will have their usual flirtation with the promotion play-offs before settling for a mid table slot. All three have the difficulties of a tight budget to overcome and it would be a surprise to see any of them sustaining a challenge for a Scottish League 2 play off spot throughout a long, arduous season.
Elgin have lost their main man up front, Shane Sutherland, and that allayed to the geographical nature of the club making it difficult to attract players will see them struggle alongside fellow relegation candidates Montrose and East Stirling. For me, it will be Elgin who have most to fear from the dreaded pyramid system.
So that leaves us with my tip to top Scottish League 2, Clyde. Barry Ferguson now has a season’s experience as a manager behind him and he will be hoping to use that in order to gain promotion.
There seems to be some money flying about Broadwood, judging by the summer recruitment policy. Bringing in players with the experience of Higgins, Mitchell, Linton, Smith and Campbell alongside Hugh Murray, Scott McLaughlin and Mark Roberts doesn’t come cheap.
Barry will be looking for his experience to see him over the line. With the obvious pressures that go with having a big budget (relative to the level), it will be interesting to see how they start.
I can see Clyde putting together a consistency that the others will find difficult to match. For that reason, it’s Clyde to win Scottish League 2 for me.