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MARK Lamont is perhaps unlikely to be called up to the Scotland squad any time soon but the international break is not going to mean time off for the midfielder.


Injuries have hampered his time so far with Stranraer, although he did get the final 20 minutes against Airdrieonians on Saturday.

Now, he is getting ready to put in some more work to get fully fit and get his time with the club up and running, with the Blues not in action this weekend.

He said: “It might not have been the best performance from myself but I will take it on the chin and train this week and I will take the weekend break to get fit as well.

“I am determined to get back and play to the level that I know I can because I do not feel like I have hit that yet.

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“It is good to get minutes but I will get training during this week as well.

“There was a problem with my Achilles a couple of weeks ago but it kind of stems from my ankle issue that I have had.

“I know how to rehab it and I know how to deal with it.

“It just happened to pop up at the beginning of the season-ish.

“So, it is my fault, maybe, I should have let people know sooner but I was more determined to play.”

The 25-year-old was one of a number of new faces at Stranraer during the close season.

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The Paisley-born player has plenty of experience though and will be hoping to help the younger players at the club.

He can count St Mirren, Dumbarton and East Fife among his previous clubs, as well as appearing for Scotland’s under-19s.

It is going to take time for the squad to come together but, with back to back home games coming up, Lamont was hoping to get back to winning ways after defeat at The Penny Cars Stadium last time out.

He was quick to hold his hands up for the role he played in the Diamonds’ second goal, when Joao Victoria powered forward to make it 2-0 and effectively wrap up the win against ten-man Stranraer.

He said: “It is disappointing because it was never a 2-0 game.

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“At 1-0, you always feel you could get back into it.

“I think we just got punished with stupid mistakes, mine being caught in the middle of the park, and just silly errors, which have given it away today.

“I thought the game was pretty even – it could have gone either way.

“If we get a goal in the last half hour, it could have changed things but that is football.

“We just need to play the next game and win that.

“It just shows you that we lost 2-0 but we kind of gave them 2-0.

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“It was two mistakes and then it was 2-0.

“If we make no mistakes, maybe it is 0-0, maybe it is 1-0 to them or us.

“They did not cut us open; it is frustrating when it is individual errors and mistakes on our behalf.”

Stranraer now face Stenhousemuir and East Fife with both games at home as they approach the end of the first quarter of the league season.

The Blues have taken four points from a possible six at Stair Park in the league this season and will be looking to make their home ground a fortress if they are to achieve anything between now and May.

Lamont said: “You look after the Arbroath game, where were we sitting after that? Second bottom?

“We hit mid-table after Forfar and Montrose last week.

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“If we get another couple of decent results or, looking at the next game, another decent result then the league changes.

“You need to stay positive and don’t get too down.”

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
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
18
9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 17 15


Fixtures

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)