Around the grounds

IT has been a fairly quiet January around the Angus clubs with very little comings and goings in the first transfer window of 2012.

Forfar Athletic also found themselves with a quiet weekend then their league fixture against Dumbarton at Station Park was called off due to frost.

Forfar’s close second division rivals Brechin and Arbroath also fell victim to the winter weather as their match at Glebe Park was also postponed on Saturday.

Brechin have been dealt a blow with the news that winger Derek Carcary could be out for the rest of the season. An injury he picked up in training a couple of weeks ago looks to be more serious than first thought so now it is a waiting game to find out the results of an operation he is due to go in for.

Staying with Brechin City for a moment, Paul McManus, has been nominated for the Scottish Football League’s ‘Goal of the Month’ award for his goal against Airdrie United in December 17. To vote, visit http://www.scottishfootballleague.com/sfltv/goals/

In Arbroath, boss Paul Sheerin is working on changes to his squad as he pushes for promotion to the first division.

He is making space for new players by allowing summer signings Graham Girvan, Lee Bryce and Pedram Ardalany to go out on loan or leave altogether.

Meanwhile in Montrose the Gable Endies are continuing this season’s run of bad luck with a 2-0 defeat at the hand of Alloa last weekend.

Montrose boss Ray Farningham is determined to get his squad back into shape, however, with hopes that they will move up the table during this second half of the season.

Our closest SPL neighbours, Dundee United, have confirmed the loan signing of Slovakian striker Milos Lacný for 12 months subject to international clearance.

The 23-year-old joins the club from Czech Liga leaders AC Sparta Prague.

Meanwhile, former Forfar Athletic loan signing Johnny Russell is a target for SPL side Celtic.

So far Dundee United have rejected two bids from the Glasgow club but a third attempt was expected before the end of the transfer window as the Dispatch went to press (Tuesday).