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Scottish League 2 Football Preview

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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.

About the Author Vincent Mulligan

Vincent is the originator of Scottish Football Tips. He has dragged the site kicking and screaming (him not the site) to become the leading tipster site for Scottish Football. Wherever you see the name 'Fitba Tips' you'll know he has left his mark. Not necessarily a good thing.

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  • Ross says:

    Extremely surprised to see someone tip Elgin to finish bottom. Sutherland has been replaced by loan signings MacLeod from Ross County and George Hunter from St Johnstone and the other 2 loan signings from St Johnstone have looked great additions so far (1 slip up vs Stirling aside). Also, the signing of Marc McKenzie is a brilliant piece of business from Jim Weir. True we’re light on numbers at the moment but Weir is still working on bringing a few more in and we still have the foundation of the squad that we so close to reaching the playoffs last season (despite the fact they only really got going after Weir’s appointment).

    We were really impressive against Stirling on Saturday and the 3-2 scoreline flattered the visitors somewhat as we really should have won the game a lot more comfortably, I certainly can’t see Stirling making any waves this season based on that performance. We already look much better and a hell of a lot fitter and I may be biased but I think we’re just 1 or 2 decent signings away from challenging for playoffs.

    • Fitba Tips says:

      Thanks for that Ross

      No matter how much interest anyone pays to Scottish football you can’t take in everything so input like yours is invaluable.

      I am sure David would be willing to take it on board. I will certainly be having a closer look Elgin’s League Cup fixture because of your optimism. Can’t promise to back them though 😀

  • Ross says:

    Despite the pessimism from the Morton fans on Pie and Bovril, there’s little chance of an upset on Saturday and they should beat us comfortably. Heard a couple of whispers this week that St Johnstone may not allow their loan players to play in order to save them being cup tied in case of an emergency, so if that turns out to be the case, Morton may be worth a look on the handicap if the odds are right as our 2nd choice keeper isn’t up to much (young and inexperienced and only 1 clean sheet in his 9 apps last season) and our defence will be considerably weakened without Liam Gordon as well, so it’s a situation worth keeping an eye on.

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