Dick Campbell happy with attacking options despite pair's imminent departure

Arbroath manager Dick Campbell is remaining bullish despite the imminent loss of loan signings Joel Nouble and Anton Dowds.

Tuesday, 30th November 2021, 3:32pm
Dick Campbell happy with attacking options despite pair's imminent departure
The Lichties hit three times without reply against Forfar. Pic by Graham Black

Speaking to the Angus County Press, Campbell revealed that Nouble and Dowds’ respective parent clubs, Livingston and Falkirk, will be recalling the strike pair in January.

That was when Dowds’ loan deal expired anyway but Nouble had agreed his initial temporary switch to Gayfield until the end of this season.

"I don’t see it as a blow losing these guys,” Campbell said.

“I just see it as a magnificent opportunity for other guys to come in.

"You are better looking at the positive side. Dowds wasn’t playing a lot of games, he’s only played three.

"Nouble, we’ll miss him, he’s a right good player. He’s as good a loan player as I’ve ever had.

"Dowds scored a fabulous goal at Kilmarnock last week and I was glad for him.

"I’m already busy trying to replace them. I will definitely be trying to get a guy on loan from a big team.

"They might have to come from a big team to get into my team.

"I have one or two out on loan myself so I will need to see if I bring them back.”

Cambell’s side had no problems in front of goal at the weekend as they dispatched Forfar 3-0 in the Scottish Cup to set up a fourth round tie against either Brechin City or Darvel.

The gaffer stressed he is “absolutely delighted” with the options he has at the club.

He added: “Remember, I’ve got Luke Donnelly, Dale Hilson and Michael McKenna who are ample and suitable replacements.

"But the big problem I’ve got is trying to replace players. Trying to get players in who are better than what I have got is extremely difficult.

"If we get a player from a part-time team it’s going to be their best player, who they’re not going to want to get rid of.

“The secret will be, when it’s mathematically confirmed that we are definitely staying up, I can do anything I want.

"At the moment I’m just desperate to stay up in the league.” This weekend Arbroath host the Championship’s second placed side, Raith Rovers.

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