Close league on cards says Rab Douglas

Rab Douglas in action for Forfar Athletic.
Rab Douglas in action for Forfar Athletic.

Forfar Athletic goalkeeper Rab Douglas believes the side are capable of competing in a tight Scottish League One next season.

The 42-year-old stopper knows that the forthcoming campaign will be a close one and says the Loons will look to get themselves right up there.

And the player-coach thinks a good start in the league could be key to their performance.

He said: “We’d love to build on last season. Of course Rangers are out now and it’s an open league. It all comes down to on the day, we beat Dunfermline last season and they beat us, and they were right up there. Then Ayr United as well.

“It’s going to be a really close league again. We’ll look to go and compete and give a right good go of it, and if we can get a good start then you never know.”

The ex-Celtic man is relishing the competition between the sticks at the Station Park outfit as Douglas will battle Darren Hill for the number one jersey, after both men enjoyed fine runs in the team in the season just passed, with Rab believing Hill is one of the best goalies in the league.

Douglas continued: “Darren has done extremely well, for me he was probably our player of the year until he got injured. I came in and did reasonably well myself, it’s enjoyable to be playing it’s also enjoyable seeing Darren do well when I’ve been coaching him.

“All credit to Darren in that respect, I’d ask him to do things and he’d go and do extra. You obviously love to play but that’s the gaffer’s decision and it’s good to have the competition.

“We’re different goalies and we can give different things, and if we can help each other then all the better because at 42, you’re still not finished learning.

“Darren is up there with the best in the league, without a doubt.”