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MANY fans were left frustrated on Saturday by the postponement of Stranraer's tie with Arbroath.

But spare a thought for Cameron MacPherson, who has had to wait a little while longer for his Blues debut.

The on-loan St Mirren man was an unused substitute in the defeat to East Fife earlier this month and, with the tie with the Red Lichties postponed, he will be counting down the days to this weekend's trip to Forfar.

He said: "It is quite frustrating with the game being off.

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"You spend all week preparing for a game and then the game is called off.

"The whole reason I came out on loan was to get a bit of experience playing first team football."

Stair Park was deemed unplayable shortly after 9am on Saturday but that is not to say the Stranraer team had a day off.

Instead, Stevie Farrell and the rest of the coaching team quickly made a change of plans, with a training session held in Ayrshire.

MacPherson, who was Farrell's final signing of a busy January transfer window with the youngster swapping the Paisley 2021 Stadium for Stair Park, described the session as "intense".

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He explained how he ended up on loan with the Blues and said: "It was on the last day, deadline day, and I woke up to a missed call from my manager for the under 20s, Allan McManus.

"I came in and had the chance to sign on loan until the end of the season and I was happy to do so.

"I was only in for about five minutes and thought it was right to go and get some experience of men's football, what it is like and to get football every week.

"It is a lot different to under 20s football and we will see what happens."

The central midfielder has already sampled first team football with his parent club.

The 19 year old made his debut against Raith Rovers in the Irn-Bru Cup and has stepped off the bench in four Championship games as well.

He also started the 7-1 demolition of Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale in the Scottish Cup.

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Understandably, one of the big differences between the under 20s games, where MacPherson has scored six times this season, and the first team is the physical nature of the matches.

The central midfielder picked out another difference and said: "It is more competitive.

"There are more people willing to win.

"In the under 20s, it is a bit different and it is about developing and becoming a better player.

"In the first team, you need to win.

"It is a ruthlessness, you just need to win.

"If you make a mistake that costs the team the game, you could be out of the team for a couple of games."

Photos: Stranraer FC, St Mirren, Bill McCandlish.

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1 Arbroath 17 45
2 Raith Rovers 17 32
3 East Fife 17 26
4 Forfar Athletic 17 24
5 Montrose 17 21
6 Airdrieonians 17 20
7 Stranraer 16 20
8 Dumbarton 17
9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 17 15


2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andy McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)