April 8, 2022
Montrose vs Airdrieonians
Scott McGill says Airdrie’s approach remains the same ahead of Saturday’s match at Montrose, with the gap at the top of cinch League 1 now down to three points.
With the Diamonds winning at East Fife while leaders Cove Rangers were held at Firhill, Airdrie now face another tricky tie on the road as they travel to Links Park to face Stewart Petrie’s Gable Endies.
Results between the sides have been a mixed bag this season, with Terry Masson, Lewis Milne and Graham Webster on the scoresheet as Montrose stormed to a 3-0 opening day win in Airdrie.
There was further storming at Links Park in December, but this time it was weather-related as the home side edged a 2-1 win in a match played in farcical conditions, Craig Johnston and Webster scoring either side of a Kerr McInroy goal.
Airdrie were rampant in the most recent meeting, Webster again netting from the spot but this time it proved to be a mere consolation as Calum Gallagher (2), Craig Watson and Adam Frizzell all found the net in style.
McGill says past results don’t come into it on Saturday.
“It helps that the weather’s a bit better! Last time there it was the storm, I don’t know how it was even on, but hopefully it’s better on Saturday.
“It’ll be a hard game. Last time we won 4-1, but we don’t think about that this time - it’ll be a much harder game.
“We need to keep on playing our game and doing what we do and hopefully get an early goal.”
The Hearts loanee has featured mainly from the bench in recent weeks as Ian Murray’s consistent team selections aided the Diamonds’ impressive run, but a start at right-back last weekend saw McGill play his part in a 2-0 win over East Fife.
The 20-year-old has enjoyed trying out different positions during his time at the club.
“It’s been really good, I’ve got a lot of experienced players beside me. It’s been hard never having played those positions before, so it’s a good learning curve and good experience - the more positions the better!
“It’s been a great experience with a great group of boys and a good manager. I’ve loved it.”
As a thrilling title race approaches its conclusion, the gap at the top of League 1 has narrowed to three points, with Cove Rangers again relying on a late equaliser last weekend as they drew 1-1 with Queen’s Park.
Meanwhile Calum Gallagher’s double was handing the Diamonds at 2-0 win at Bayview, extending the side’s unbeaten league run to 16 matches.
Both sides have four games remaining as the climax draws ever closer, but Scott says the message in the Airdrie camp remains the same.
“We’re all relaxed really, just taking a game at a time.
“We’re keeping the pressure on Cove, so we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing.”
Manager Ian Murray knows that a difficult away day lies ahead for his side.
“It’s a really hard place to go, we know that over not just this season, but last season and the season before.
“We expect a really tough game against a team that’s done fantastically well - again not just this season, but over the period they’ve been in League 1.
“We’re looking forward to it as usual. We go there in the best form we’ve ever gone there in and we look to extend our unbeaten run.”
Craig Watson and Rhys McCabe are both back in full training having missed the match at East Fife, though defenders Luke Lyons and Kyle MacDonald remain sidelined alongside striker Salim Kouider-Aïssa.
Referee Graham Grainger has already overseen three Airdrie matches this season - July’s goalless draw at Queen’s Park in the Premier Sports Cup, and both 3-0 home wins over East Fife in September and January.
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Saturday April 9, 2022
Links Park, Montrose
Alastair Mather, George King