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By Zac Hannay
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‘Robbo’ here to stay

Long-serving midfielder will combine playing duties with assistant role

STRANRAER’S new assistant manager has been named as the club gears up for the beginning of pre-season.

Scott Robertson is set to become Scott Agnew’s right-hand man, while also helping the team out on the pitch.

The 36-year-old midfielder has been a first team coach at Stair Park for the past three seasons.

He first joined the club in 2013, staying for five years before departing to spend a season with Airdrieonians. ‘Robbo’ returned to Stair Park in 2019.

A Stranraer FC club statement said: “Having been first team coach over the past three seasons, and with 365 appearances to his name, ‘Robbo’ will need no introduction for Blues supporters, as he continues his legendary playing career at Stair Park alongside his new role.

“A fearsome competitor comfortable in any defensive role or in the heart of midfield, his consistency, versatility and no-nonsense approach has earned him a place in the hearts of the Blues faithful over the past decade.”

Robertson met the manager to sign the contract on the eve of his testimonial golf day.

Also signing on for another year in blue are Chris McQueen, Craig Ross and Sean McIntosh.

A statement released by the club said: “We are delighted to confirm that highly sought after defender Craig Ross will be playing his football at Stair Park this season.

“Craig joined us in 2021 having only just turned 19, and has since become a firm favourite with the Blues support, recording 112 appearances for the club.

“Last season saw the defender continue his development and chip in with an impressive six goals – including two priceless headers in our playoff triumph less than a fortnight ago.

“With three years of SPFL football under his belt, the former Kilmarnock prospect could be a key man as the Blues bid to improve on last season.”

“A former Celtic youth prospect, Chris (McQueen) was an immediate hit upon joining us from East Kilbride in January, playing 20 games as the Blues’ defensive record improved considerably in the second half of the season.

“Capped at U17 level for Scotland, the centre back received praise for his performances in our playoff victory over the Lowland League champions and has been a regular since arriving at Stair Park.”

“Having risen through the youth ranks at Celtic, right back Sean McIntosh joined us in June 2021, following two years at Brechin City and three seasons at Airdrieonians.

“A first team regular since arriving at Stair Park, McIntosh picked up the player’s player of the year award from his teammates for his efforts in the 2022/23 season.

“‘Shifty’ shrugged off injury setbacks to dance his way through the East Kilbride defence and score a crucial goal in the playoff first leg at K-Park, helping the Blues to secure their SPFL status for another season.”

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