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GRANT Anderson is happy to play anywhere as Stranraer look to silence their critics.


The Blues have had to regroup following the departure of a number of key players, including Cameron Belford, Liam Dick, Steven Bell and Ryan Wallace.


Many people thought losing their first choice goalkeeper, left back, captain and top scorer would result in Stranraer plummeting down the league.


But, so far, the Blues have held firm and go into the final stretch of the season with a shot at the promotion playoffs.


Anderson said: "There were people saying that Stranraer's season was done or that was us and we would drop into a relegation dog fight.

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"It does spur you on."


The departure of experienced professionals over the festive period has resulted in youngsters from Stranraer's youth system - like Cameron Elliott, Christopher McGowan and David Gray - getting minutes in the first team.


At the same time, youngsters like Angus Beith, Dean Hawkshaw, Cameron MacPherson and Dylan Dykes have come in from full-time clubs to boost the ranks.


Despite those additions, it is still a small squad, with players being asked to play out of what is perhaps their preferred position.


Anderson, usually deployed as a winger, is among those taking on new roles.

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He said: "All things considered, we have done really well to stay where we are.


"If we had the same players from the start of the season we could be third or fourth.


"I quite enjoy playing up front and have done it a couple of times in my career.


"I have done it here because Stephen Okoh cannot play every game up front by himself.


"It is a hard shift and you do what is best for the team.

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"I will go up there and run about like a mad man - it does not bother me."


The 31 year old was not able to do much running last week though.


The Beast from the East swept across central Scotland, which saw both training and Saturday's tie with Airdrie called off.


Stranraer players reported for training on Saturday but Anderson said it was not really the same as getting ready for the 3pm kickoff.


He said: "You build up all week towards the game and it is really annoying to work hard during the week and it is called off.

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"Looking at the weather, I think it might have been the right option."


Instead, the players will simply have to turn their attention to back to back home games with Albion Rovers and Queen's Park.


A couple of good results could see them going into the final straight with some real momentum behind them.


The mechanical estimator said: "It is a massive nine games.

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"We continue to want to finish in the playoffs.


"That was the target at the start of the season.


"If we can target that with a squad bringing in talented young players, it is a testament to the club."

SPFL 3L1 6474

1 Arbroath 21 52
2 Raith Rovers 21 39
3 East Fife 21 35
4 Forfar Athletic 21 33
5 Airdrieonians 21 30
6 Montrose 21 28
7 Stranraer 20 23
8 Dumbarton 21
9 Brechin City 20 19
10 Stenhousemuir 21 16


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)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)
24 - Conor O'Keefe (MID)