Arbroath boss Dick Campbell assesses his side's chances in Premiership play-offs

Arbroath boss Dick Campbell reckons taking on either Inverness Caley Thistle or Partick Thistle in the Premiership play-off semi-finals would be equally testing.

Craig Goldthorp
Wednesday, 4th May 2022, 9:23am
Arbroath boss Dick Campbell assesses his side's chances in Premiership play-offs

Campbell’s second placed part-timers – who ended their Championship campaign with a 3-0 home win over Greenock Morton on Friday night – will be away to either Inverness or Partick in the first leg next Tuesday night with the second leg to follow at Gayfield three days later. Inverness are favourites having won 2-1 at Partick in the quarter-final first leg on Tuesday night with the second leg to come on Friday.

“I’ve probably made use of the play-offs more than anyone else,” Campbell said. “I’ve won promotion twice through the play-offs.

"It gives teams a good opportunity. We’ve got to beat Partick or Inverness first and they’re bigger clubs than us.

"This season against Partick we’ve beaten them twice, drawn once and got beaten once. We’ve beaten Inverness twice and they’ve beaten us twice. So it could go any way.”

Campbell’s team finished only two points behind champions Kilmarnock – who scored a last minute winner to beat the Lichties 2-1 in the penultimate game – and the gaffer is frustrated not to be up as champions already.

He added: “We’ve had the best goal difference in the league, lost less games than anybody else and we’ve lost it by two points. It’s history now but we were so close.”

Campbell said if he hadn’t lost loan striker Joel Nouble to parent club LIvingston in January Arbroath would likely have won the league.

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