Stranraer hope to keep Angus Beith as impressive loan spell nears an end

Hearts’ on-loan central midfielder Angus Beith hopes to remain with the League One outfit until the end of the season, claims Blues gaffer Stevie Farrell. The Stair Park boss admits he would love the youngster to stay, as well, but, the decision is now in the hands of Craig Levein and the Jambos.

Speaking to the media after Saturday’s 1-0 win over league leaders Raith Rovers, Farrell said:

“I might be biased here, but, I thought we deserved to win. I felt we start the game, especially the first 20 to 25 minutes, really well and we could have been ahead sooner than we were. We kept at it, which is pleasing as a manager that we managed to score when we were on top. Then we withstood a wee spell of pressure Raith had in the first-half before we, probably, ended the first-half stronger, again.

Then again, Raith had a spell at the start of the second-half but we weathered that while also creating a fair few chances, ourselves, on the counter attack. Overall, I’m delighted – it was a great, team, performance. It is a fantastic three points.”

After defeating Airdrieonians 3-2 last weekend, Farrell is pleased with his young sides’ recent form which now includes back-to-back home wins.

“When you play the league leaders, if you let them settle and let them play, then, you are going to cause problems for yourself: we warned them about that all week. This is a hard place to come, especially when the pitch is heavy; we knew Raith had a long journey ahead of them, so it was important we started the game well, and we did that. We went after Raith; we were in their faces, either with or without the ball. I felt we did really, really, well and it is a very, very good 3 points against a good Raith Rovers side.”

Angus Beith has made an immediate impact in his short stint at Stair Park, with Saturday being his 6th goal for the club. The Hearts loanee has also struck up an impressive partnership alongside Kyle Turner in the centre of the field.

“He has just come here and people told me he was a defensive midfield player that can play that wee bit deeper. We just saw something in training that told us he could play that little bit higher up the pitch and get into the box to get goals. It is a fantastic [goals] return and it is because we are encouraging him to break the lines and get into the box, alongside Kyle Turner. I thought he caused problems with his third man runs, as he got beyond the Raith back four all afternoon. I am really happy for him as he is a great kid.

Angus wants to stay, his representatives want him to stay, but, we are respectful to his parent club [Hearts], so, the chat will happen now and we are hopeful we will be able to keep him between now and the end of the season.

Someone asked me 3 or 4 months ago if I thought Kyle Turner was ready to step-up into full-time football and I didn’t at that time if I am brutally honest, as I felt he still had a lot to learn – particularly without the ball. I have just said to him in the dressing room that he is now close to becoming a full-time footballer because of his arrogance: it is the other side of his game that is pleasing me more, though, about Kyle; people aren’t running off the back of him now as he is now tracking runners. We always knew he could play the game but now he has added the other side, he has got the full package coming together. Him and Beith are two good players for us and they are both causing problems for the opposition.”

Farrell was encouraged by his sides gritty and steely determination to see the game out and finish up with a clean-sheet.

“These are the learning curves in football for youngsters. Give them the ball and they will go and play with a freedom and without fear, but, without the ball, there is sometimes a naivety and inexperience, but, they are learning very, very, quickly; they’ve had to stand up and be young men due to what has happened with the club but I have been really, really, pleased with them in the past 3 or 4 weeks and I am really, really, proud of them. It isn’t just them, though; we have the experienced ones: Jamie Hamill, Scott Robertson, Morgyn Neil, Ryan Thomson, Grant Anderson and Cameron Belford, who, when we needed him to make a save in the first-half, he did…they were all outstanding today. It is a team effort, we are all in it together and they are in a good place as a collective group.”

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