Brechin City preview
9th September 2016
Jack Leitch says Airdrie is the club for him - and the new signing is hoping to be declared fit to face Brechin on Saturday.
Following a training stint and a successful trial period, the 21-year-old last week put pen to paper on an initial deal until the new year.
After a summer of uncertainty Leitch is keen to stay longer.
"It was a frustrating couple of months not knowing what was happening or where I was going to be playing, but I've enjoyed it here.
"I've signed till January, so hopefully I'll play as many games as I can and then see what happens.
"This is the place I want to stay."
Leitch's "official" debut (following three games as a trialist) came at Somerset Park last Sunday as the Diamonds took Ayr United to extra time in the Irn Bru Cup.
The day ended in misery for the midfielder as he left the field on a stretcher midway through the second half, but he explained that things aren't as bad as first feared.
"At first I thought it was my knee.
"I was thinking the worst because I've done my cruciate before, but luckily enough it just ended up being an impact injury down the side of my shin, so there's a chance I'll be okay for Saturday."
As attention turns to the visit to high-flying Brechin City, Jack is in positive mood.
"The way we play we're always going to create chances.
"If we can stop conceding goals at the back - especially from set-pieces - we can hopefully get a good result up there."
Head coach Kevin McBride is expecting a difficult afternoon against the meanest defence in League One.
"They're a big physical side and they've only lost two goals this season, so defensively they're obviously well organised.
"They're going to be hard to break down so we need to go there and be patient to get something out of the game."
Striker Iain Russell is suspended for Airdrie following his extra-time red card at Ayr, and McBride faces a selection headache up front.
"Iain's suspended, but there are also fitness doubts over Kevin Schmidt, Adam Brown and Jack Leitch."
Whatever his options are on the day, the Diamonds boss will be hoping to continue a league scoring average of two goals per game.
Darren Dods' City are flying high in second place in the league, but go into Saturday's match on the back of a 5-1 Irn Bru Cup hammering at the hands of Dunfermline.
Ex-Diamonds Darren McCormack and Chris O'Neil will be looking forward to the visit of their former club.
Whistler Gavin Duncan takes charge of his second Airdrie match of the season, having refereed the Diamonds' 2-1 Betfred Cup win over Stenhousemuir.