Peterhead FC: Squad depth is strength keeper Smith

Blue Toon keeper Graeme Smith, the stand-out man in the dismal 0-0 draw with Albion Rovers, has praised the squad’s strength in depth.

Smith and his teammates are preparing for a crucial five days this week which will see them face both East Stirlingshire and Annan at Balmoor.

Suspensions for centre back pairing Ross Smith and Scott Ross will present Jim McInally with a selection conundrum this weekend, but Smith is confident they can cope without them

He said: “Ross smith has come in and it’s like he’s never been away, he’s formed that partnership with Scott Ross again.

“The good thingsthe gaffers got is that he’s got guys like Bryan Gilfillan, Craig Tully, and Ryan Strachan who can all come into dfence.

“We’ve got strength in depth which is our big strength this season.

“We’ve not really had any selection problems recentlywe’re not really had problems with that recently.”

McInally’s men are looking to set the record straight against East Stirling on Saturday.

The Blue Toon lost in a ‘freak game’ earlier this year, their only defeat in the last 15 matches.

Their lead at the top of League Two has also been cut to eight points following Annan’s victory over basement club Queen’s Park.

They could cut the gap to five points when they visit on Tuesday, though likewise Peterhead could extend the gap to 11.

Strikers Andy Rodgers and Rory McAllister, whose goals have propelled Peterhead to the summit of League Two, look set to return from injury and suspension respectively.