Jul 25 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
ROOKIE gaffer Todd Lumsden says his Albion Rovers summer signing spree is almost at an end.
The Northumbrian boss has added former Morton keepers Ryan McWilliams and Matthew McGinley to his squad to compete for the No1 jersey with ex-Stenhousemuir custodian Chris McCluskey.
But Lumsden was still looking to bring in a right-sided midfielder, a striker and possibly another defender with trialists being assessed.
Former Irvine Meadow winger Simon Eeles and ex-Dumbarton attacker Kieran Brannan featured in the first half of Tuesday night's 2-0 win at St Anthony's Juniors.
Both players were involved in the 3-3 pre-season friendly draw with Dumbarton and the 5-1 bounce-match loss to newco Rangers on Saturday.
Lumsden also checked out the merits of ex-Airdrie defender Kevin Green, former Motherwell striker Steven Howarth and Livingston youngster Andy Russell against The Ants.
Second-half goals from substitutes Jason Crooks and Gordon Dick won it for Rovers at McKenna Park.
Lumsden will begin his managerial career this Saturday in the first round of the Ramsdens Challenge Cup.
Rovers must travel to First Division Morton and he knows a difficult 90 minutes lies in wait.
“They are a very experienced side with players capable of doing well in the league this season,” he said.
“But we will go there and give it our best shot. We’re pleased with how pre-season has gone and the application of our players.
“I’m looking for players to press the ball and caused problems.
“Those that show hunger and fight for the jersey are the ones likely to be in the starting line-up.”
Centre-back Mick O'Byrne suffered an ankle knock on Tuesday evening but Lumsden expects him to be fit for the Cappielow clash.