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Aaron Muirhead: Falkirk’s focus is all on getting back to the Prem

| 04.08.2018

Falkirk’s squad has had a major overhaul this summer. Bairns boss Paul Hartley has brought in 16 players this summer, whilst a number of first-teamers have also left.

And captain Aaron Muirhead believes the much-changed squad need to gel quickly.

Speaking to us, he said: “There are only a couple of us left from last season. The first day of the season was like walking into a new team.”

“I think a lot of the lads in our dressing room haven’t played a lot of men’s football because they are used to under-23 stuff.

“Hopefully they can get up to speed quickly because a club like Falkirk needs to be up there challenging.

Inconsistency was the issue in their League Cup campaign. The Bairns just missed out on a spot in the second round. Wins over Forfar Athletic and East Fife came amidst a couple of cup losses.

Muirhead told us: “Our early games have been hit and miss. Even the first half last Saturday against East Fife was poor but we improved in the second half.”

And the 27-year-old thinks they could kick off the Ladbrokes Championship campaign with a win, following a bad week for their opponents Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

He said: “Inverness had been going well in the second half of last season and had started this season well.

“Then they went to Tynecastle last Sunday and only needed to lose 3-0 and they were still qualified in the League Cup [but lost 5-0], so it’s a bit of a sickener for them.”

The former Partick Thistle defender thinks there’s no reason the Bairns can’t be challenging at the top end this term.

He explained: “The focus is all on getting back to the Premiership but I wouldn’t say there is more pressure this season because it has always been there since I have been at the club.”

“A club like Falkirk should be in the top flight but there are a lot of big clubs in the Championship who all think they should be there.”

Falkirk are in the middle of the betting for the title, at 10/1 to win the Championship.

Meanwhile, the odds make it 8/5 for Falkirk to beat Inverness on Saturday.

Click here for the latest Ladbrokes Championship odds.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.