A new striker for Saturday

The big news this week was the signing of new striker, 6 ft 2 ins Sam Parkin.

Said the player himself, "I`m just delighted to be here at Palmerston and I can`t wait to get started. I spoke with the manager and I liked what he had to say."

And the former St Johnstone player, now 30, added, "All I want now is to get into the squad for Saturday.

"I`m quite settled where I live at the moment and Queens train just down the road from me. So it couldn`t have worked out better".

But Gus MacPherson promised, "Although we`ve now got Sam on board I`ve still got other `irons in the fire`.

"But we must be patient as we`ve still a few days left before the transfer `window` closes.

"We face Morton on Saturday and it`s a game I want to win.

We beat them 4-1 on their last visit down here but that means nothing. Every game`s different!

"We`re still struggling to get our strongest team on the park.

"Both Craig Reid and Stephen McKenna are suspended for Saturday while Kevin Smith and Marc McCusker are still on the injured list.

"It`s a very tight league and on Saturday all four matches ended in draws.

"But I must say I was again impressed with our youngssters, they`re `growing up` quickly.

"At Livingston on Saturday we drew 2-2 but it was a match we should have won.

"It felt more like two points dropped rather than one gained.

"No way we deserved to lose but after a promising start we found ourselves behind.

"But we reacted well and a late penalty earned us a deserved point."

The game itself certainly came to life in the last quarter of an hour.

Stephen McKenna was flashed two separate yellow cards and was substituted for tactical and precautionary reasons.

Craig Reid was ordered off for a second yellow card then young Ryan Smillie blasted over the bar in injury time.

In a melee at the final whistle further yellow cards were flashed.

Said Ryan McGuffie, who slotted home that late penalty, "We`ll look back on this game and say we should have won it. However, although we found ourselves behind, we fought hard and never gave up."