Evening Express

Highland: Inverurie Locos’ McLean puts best foot forward after injury

Neil McLean.

Inverurie Locos manager Neil Cooper is delighted to have captain Neil McLean back to fitness.

The Railwaymen’s skipper made his comeback as a sub last week against Keith following a foot injury.

Having trained this week McLean is in contention to start against Brora Rangers tomorrow at Harlaw Park. Boss Cooper is pleased to have him back and said: “Neil’s been fantastic since I came to the club along with the other experienced players.

“Neil, Stuart Duff and Dean Donaldson when he was here were all good.

“They have played at a high level and know the Highland League inside out.

“Neil is experienced, his fitness levels are first-class, he helps keep the younger players right, he’s enjoying his football and we enjoy having him because he is a major part of our team.”

McLean’s return is a timely one for Locos with Jonny Smith, Andy Hunter, Jamie Michie, Colin Charlesworth and Kyle Gordon all still out.

The clash with the Cattachs is expected to be a tough one for Inverurie with Brora having won seven of their first eight games. Cooper added: “They’ve had a great start to the season and we know they are a fantastic team and it will be a difficult game.

“We’ll need to be at our best to get anything out of the game.

“We’re at home so hopefully we can use that to our advantage, but the only thing that is guaranteed in football is a difficult game.”