Sep 10 2008 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
ALBION Rovers have completed the loan signing of Todd Lumsden, the Advertiser can reveal.
The 30-year-old has signed up at Cliftonhill for a second spell in a bid to play regular first-team football.
Raith defender Lumsden has agreed a one-month deal but could stay until the end of the next transfer window in January if the deal suits both clubs.
He previously enjoyed a four-year stint with the Coatbridge club between 1999 and 2003, making well over 100 appearances.
Boss Paul Martin said: “We are really happy to get Todd in and he will bring a lot of experience to the team which is something we lack.
“He is a local guy, well-known to the club and he chose to come to us over other third division clubs which is a feather in our cap.”
Martin insists he doesn’t have a point to prove when he faces former club Dumbarton - managed by ex-Rovers gaffer Jim Chapman - at Cliftonhill on Saturday.
The 43-year-old says he is proud of what he achieved at the Rock - but is still preparing himself for a hot reception from the travelling Sons support.
He said: “I can’t wait for the game and I’m sure the Dumbarton fans are looking forward to renewing their acquaintance with me.
“I don’t feel as if I have a point to prove. I am proud of what I did down there, I started the under-19s and they are getting stronger and will be the foundation for the club.
“They have spent a lot of money on their squad and it will be a hard game when you look at what we have spent ourselves.”
Martin continued: “We are playing well and have done all season. We are playing with an energy and a resourcefulness I didn’t think we would show this early.
“I expected us to improve but I didn’t expect to be playing Dumbarton - who are heavy favourites to go up this season - and be level on points with them after five games.
“I don’t really have an added determination to win. I’d love to win for Rovers, not for Paul Martin because it would get us into a position not far from the play-offs.
“The games and training can’t come quick enough for us at the moment and Saturday is an opportunity for us to show that we are a team to be reckoned with.
“We know we are a good side on our day - we have yet to prove that we are a good side over 36 games.”
TEAM NEWS: Callan Adam played in last Thursday’s bounce game with Dundee and could be involved but defender Robert Walker and the midfield trio of Danny Ferry, Mark Casey and Ciaran Donnelly are doubts for Rovers.