Aron Lynas reckons the Albion Rovers players will have a point to prove on Monklands Derby day.

Despite the game being a friendly, the midfielder says there will be plenty to play for when they come up against their old rivals.

He believes that every player will want to catch manager Kevin Harper’s eye early in the campaign, and make sure they are ready for the Betfred Cup and League Two fixtures.

“Every game will be competitive, everyone wants to try and prove they should be in the team.

“Whether it’s a friendly or competitive everyone wants to make a point.

“With the wee derby game against Airdrie that’s even more true.

Alloa's Iain Flannigan (L) and Brechin's Aron Lynas in action.
Alloa’s Iain Flannigan (L) and Brechin’s Aron Lynas in action. (Image: SNS Group)

“You want to prove that you are that wee bit better than you were last season and a good result in the derby would show that.”

Lynas left Brechin at the end of last season in favour of a switch to Cliftonhill.

The 23-year-old has been impressed by the professionalism and the positivity of Harper and assistant Joe McLauglin.

He believes they can push for promotion next term with the early season experience.

“Since day one there has been a good, positive feel about the place. It’s not long until the games get started now and that’s what we’re really looking forward to.

“It was sad to leave Brechin. The longer you spend somewhere the better your relationships are with people, so it was hard.

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“It just felt like the right time for me to go and get a fresh start somewhere. My first impressions have been that Kevin and all the boys are really optimistic about the new season. That seems to be going throughout the club from the people I have spoken to. Everything is really positive. “

He continued: “The squad we’ve got there just now we should be challenging for the top four or pushing for the league.

“Kevin said that to me when I came in. He’s really ambitious and wants to move the club up the league. You want that in a manager.

“He’s really been pushing us in pre-season. He’s been tough but that’s what you want. You want someone what’s going to work you hard. We’ve got an extra few days on some teams so hopefully that will pay off in the long run.”

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