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Former Inverness Caley Thistle defender Josh Meekings says he is keen on Brora Rangers manager job

By Alasdair Fraser

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JOSH Meekings has thrown his hat into the ring as a possible candidate for the Brora Rangers manager’s job.

Ben Cormack, Josh Meekings and Donald Morrison. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Ben Cormack, Josh Meekings and Donald Morrison. Picture: James Mackenzie.

The former Caley Thistle and Dundee defender would “love to have the conversation” with the club’s chairman and board regarding the vacancy.

Meekings, currently working on his Uefa B coaching qualification, has served as player-coach at Brora since September 2021, having arrived on a three-year playing deal the previous June.

Since Craig Campbell’s surprise resignation in January, Meekings and fellow coach Davie Kirkwood have supported caretaker Stuart Golabek, another past Caley Jags hero.

While Meekings understands the Brora board’s desire to carefully identify the right successor, he also spoke of a need to stabilise the club at the earliest opportunity.

“There’s a really good dressing room in terms of quality and characters who want to work hard,” he said.

“If there’s a sense of direction and a real effort to keep them together – and bring in one or two more, if possible – there’s no reason why there can’t be a lot more success for Brora in coming seasons. Of course there’s no point in a quick-fix. It needs to be something permanent to move forward.

“Given the opportunity, I’d absolutely love to have the conversation, but that’s only if the club is ready and sees it as the right fit.”

Ideally, Meekings would like to see the unifying effect of a permanent appointment happen early enough to stoke a strong finish to the current season.

After recent setbacks against Buckie Thistle and Fraserburgh, Brora would need a major collapse by Brechin and Buckie to stand any chance this term.

“We’re going to keep fighting,” Meekings said. “There’s no way the boys we have will down tools.

“Obviously it is going to be difficult to get back up near the top of the league after two disappointing results.

“But it is about maintaining the high standards we set previously and keeping on pressuring teams above.

“We’ve struggled against the top sides, that’s the frustrating part. It is fine margins, but you need to be ready for these games and be defensively solid.

“It is perhaps a difficult period for the lads. They are not quite sure what’s going on. The club is not quite stable in terms of management and where it wants to go.

“That can have a knock-on effect on the players, who have remained as professional as they can. It is no fault of effort.

“I just think there needs to be a clear idea and plan put in place to move us forward and make sure everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet.

“When someone has been given that full responsibility and accountability, they can really put their stamp on it, prioritise what they want and get things done.

“We’re caught in a situation where people may have ideas but aren’t necessarily able to implement them or influence things.”

Brora visit Lossiemouth tomorrow.

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