Queen’s Park head coach Gus MacPherson reckons that the different approach taken to recruitment shows the tough task his men face against Motherwell.

MacPherson has once again brought in players from the juniors and amateur football with only former under-20 striker Thomas Orr and former loan player Dom Docherty from Partick Thistle coming in from senior clubs.

Motherwell on the other hand have recruited players from 7 English clubs including Everton and Leicester as well as Alex Fisher from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The Hampden manager reckons that rather than complain about the difference it should be used to highlight the opportunities of playing for the Spiders as he explained: “The places we have used to recruit players highlights the difference between a full time Premiership side in Motherwell and us but we will look at the game as a positive.”

“It is live on TV so it is the perfect example for selling the benefits of playing for Queen’s Park. When you are looking to bring players in you tell them that you have the platform of the National Stadium to play in and that can lead to high profile matches.”

“We have a good number of new players really keen to be involved and desperate to make an impression which is good news.”

Queen’s pre-season programme ended with a closed door game against Falkirk on Monday night and MacPherson said: “I was pleased with a lot of what I saw in that game. Things were starting to come together in the manner that we had hoped. There is still more to come from the group I terms of fitness and cohesion but they have only been together for a short period.”

“It is a big step up from friendlies to playing a Premiership side in front of a bigger than normal audience. As well as being a very good test the work the players put in will help them achieve full fitness for the season ahead.”


Played: 111 Queen’s Park: 23 Draw: 17 Motherwell: 71


Saturday 7 Jan 12 – Scottish Cup Motherwell won 4-0.


Referee for tomorrow’s game is Don Robertson.  Assistant referees Frank Connor and Drew Kirkland.  Forth official is Alan Muir.