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RYAN Thomson has vowed to roll his sleeves up and do the ugly side of the game wherever Stevie Farrell asks him to play.

The former Dunfermline man has been mostly used in central midfield this campaign.

However, Farrell sprang a surprise on Saturday against Clyde by pushing Thomson up front alongside David Dangana.

It was a plan that was perfectly executed as Thomson gave the Blues another dimension at that end of the park as he mixed it up with Scott Rumsby and Craig Howie as Stranraer won 3-0.

Thomson, who rejoined the club in the summer after a season at Dumbarton, was delighted to do whatever he could, wherever he was asked to do so.

He said: “I don’t really mind playing anywhere, to be fair.

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“I quite like playing new positions and I give us a physical presence up front.

“If I’m needed to play up there then I am happy to do it and I enjoy a bit of a battle.

“I’m ready to do it.

“I think we have got a lot of good footballers in the team but in League One sometimes that does not get you points.

“We played Montrose last week and, no disrespect to Montrose, they just knew what to do at the right times.

“They put the ball in behind the defence, it was windy, and they are a League One team who know what to do.

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“I think we need to get that ugly side in us as well, especially when things are not going well.

“Maybe, if I am picked up front, then I bring that side to us.”

Thomson started 14 games for the Sons last season but already this season has been named in the starting line-up on 16 occasions.

He said: “Don’t get me wrong, when you are getting beat and down the bottom of the league you are not exactly happy.

“For me, personally, just to get back playing and enjoying football after a bad season, which is the only year I have had like that, is great.

“I’m back happy and just want to see us keep winning and get back up the league.”

The only thing missing from Thomson’s game was a goal – something the 28-year-old is only too well aware of.

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His last goal came on September 23, 2017 – meaning he has failed to score in his last 63 games - in a 6-2 defeat to Arbroath.

He said: “I would like a goal soon to be fair!

“I cannot even remember the last time I scored and it is just one of those things.

“I’m hoping it comes soon.”

Now, attention turns to a trip to Stark’s Park on Saturday when Stranraer will bid to win back to back league games for the first time since April – when the Blues won three in a row, which included a trip to Kirkcaldy.

Thomson stressed there would be no let up and Farrell’s men would be looking to continue to try to move up the table after they edged ahead of Forfar Athletic with the win on Saturday.

Speaking minutes after the full time whistle on Saturday, he said: “It was only three points at the end of the day.

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“Even when we were drawing the games, there are loads of games still to go but we need to build on it.

“Hopefully, it gets people that bit of confidence that has maybe been lacking and as a team that wee bit of belief.”

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish

SPFL 3L1 6474

1 Raith Rovers 22 42
2 Falkirk 22 41
3 Airdrieonians 22 38
4 East Fife 22 33
5 Montrose 21 32
6 Dumbarton 21 28
7 Clyde 21 25
8 Peterhead 22 25
9 Forfar Athletic 22 19
10 Stranraer 21 13


2019/20 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Scott Robertson (DEF)
3 - Jordan Allan (DEF)
4 - Adam Cummins (DEF)
5 - Lee Hamilton (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - James Hilton (MID)
8 - Grant Gallagher (MID)
9 - Ryan Stevenson (STR)
10 - Denny Johnstone (STR)
11 - Joao Victoria (MID/STR)

12 - Carlo Pignatiello (MID)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID/STR)
15 - Robert Jones (STR)
16 - Lewis McIntyre (DEF)

17 - David Smith (DEF)
21 - Dale Burgess (GK)
22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF/MID)
23 - Ryan Thomson (MID)
77 - Andy Stirling (MID)