Battle for star goalkeepers on loan from Hearts can help Albion Rovers advance League Two, says boss

Albion Rovers boss Brian Reid says a goalkeeping battle can only prove useful for the Cliftonhill side as a busy period looms.

Cammy Binnie has been the club’s number one for most of this season and has been an impressive performer. But Harry Stone returned to the club on a second loan from Hearts in January.

The Jambos youngster has started the last two League Two games and kept a clean sheet as Rovers drew 0-0 with Stranraer on Saturday.

It was a game of few chances, but Stone had to react quickly to prevent Sam Ellis from scoring a Stranraer goal, while Max Wright closed in on Reid’s men at the other end.

A fight for the number one spot will benefit Albion Rovers ahead of a March schedule with seven matches remaining.

Reid said: “Cammy didn’t do anything wrong, but we just thought we were going to mix things up. Hopefully we can do that by the end of the season.

Reid says Binnie didn’t do anything wrong and is more than capable of coming in from the side

“We have a lot of games to play until then, and we have a small squad. There are two great goalkeepers at the club. We gave Harry a chance against Edinburgh City and we stayed with him at Stranraer.

“That doesn’t mean things won’t change again. Cammy is a more than competent goalkeeper and he has done very well for us this season.

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“It’s a good problem to have because now we have some very good players fighting for position in our team. It’s the same all over the park – you want that competition.

“That’s what you’re looking for. We’re getting to a point where we’ll be playing two or three games a week, and we’ll have to freshen things up.

“It is difficult to ask the same players to go week after week and play at their maximum level with two or three games a week”

It was a game with good margins at Stranraer and Reid believes the windy conditions played a part in the stalemate. Rovers are ninth with up to three games less than those ahead of them in League Two.

Reid added: “The wind was terrible. It was swirling around and the terrain then started to cut out, so it didn’t make for good viewing. But we have rectified things and we take a clean sheet.

Rovers boss Brian Reid says having two top goalkeepers in his squad is a dream
Rovers boss Brian Reid says having two top goalkeepers in his squad is a dream

“Overall, we take a point away from home but we could have tried our luck. Max Wright has a chance 15 minutes from time to score and Harry hasn’t had many saves to make.

“It was a scrappy game for both teams. Another day we could have scored and it could have been unfair to Stranraer. But a clean sheet away from home in a difficult place, I’m reasonably happy.

“The conditions certainly didn’t help either team’s causes.”

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