Caretaker Geegan relishing derby challenge

While the dust continues to settle on a busy week for the club, the fixtures keep on coming -- and Saints' interim management duo of Alan Geegan and Justin Rogers are focussed on preparations for a trip to meet local rivals Invergordon.

Geegan and Rogers took immediate charge of first team affairs following the departure of Stuart and Andrew Ross on Monday, and they couldn't have asked for a tougher opening game.

Geegan will take sole charge of the team against Invergordon, with Rogers set to join him in the dugout when they return to Grant Park a week after. The Saints midfielder has had experience taking the reigns before, having had a spell as caretaker at Spey Valley in 2015, and more recently as assistant manager with Inverness City. Now in the Saints' hotseat, the interim gaffer is philosophical about the club's chances going forward.

"Given the start we've had and the circumstances of the past week, the boys are raring to get going as they try and get the season started. Invergordon is always a tough place to go, but it's a challenge we will be relishing. We are the underdogs in this game and the pressure will be on Invergordon as the home side. I just want us to go out there and enjoy the game and show what we can do."

Saints chairman Niall Harkiss sees the weekend as an opportunity for everyone to pull together around the club to show their support.

"It was with a lot of sadness that we said goodbye to two passionate members of the club in Stuart and Andrew this week. The foundations they have helped to establish at the club over the past five years are plain to see, and the club will be forever indebted to them for that."

"The fixture calendar affords us no time to contemplate though, and we are very pleased that we have Alan and Justin here to help us move forward - starting with this Saturday. As coaches, they know the team and the players well and most importantly they have the determination to do well for St. Duthus. I know the players want to get the season on the right track too. It's now also up to us as a committee, along with our supporters, to get behind them all and will them on."

The team will be aiming to recapture the form of a fortnight ago when they registered a win over Inverness Athletic at Grant Park. It is expected that some key players will return to the side, although Saints still face an uphill battle when it comes to injuries and work commitments, a problem which has plagued them throughout the season thus far.

The game takes place this Saturday, kicking off at 2pm from Invergordon's Recreation Grounds. We encourage as many supporters as possible to make the short journey through to cheer the side on.

Come on you Saints!

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