Stevie Crawford will be missing Owain Fon Williams and Rangers loanee Lewis Mayo this weekend – but it’s not a problem the Dunfermline boss is frustrated about.
His experienced goalkeeper is with the Welsh squad just now whilst his Rangers loanee is with the Scotland U21s. It means they won’t be available for the final League Cup group stage match this weekend against Clyde.
Qualification to the last 16 is all but a foregone conclusion but Crawford needs to get over the line without two key men. He’s hailed his two internationalists, Fon Williams labelled ‘passionate’ whilst Crawford handed ‘outstanding’ praise to the Pars’ Rangers youngster.
“It is problems that you want with someone pulled into the national squad again,” said Crawford. “When you, or the fans before lockdown, talk to big Owain he is just an infectious guy, very passionate about his country and passionate about football in general.
“I keep saying it but he will come back and the first thing that I will do is have a conversation over a coffee with him to steal the ideas that the Welsh squad are using.
“I am absolutely delighted for the big man. When Owain came here on his loan spell, his own experiences came through and what he had already achieved and dealt with in football.
“It is not as easy as what you see when you step over that line on to the park. It is dealing with ups and downs and the difficulties that football can bring to you.
“Lewis Mayo is great as well. He got in last month and played the last two games. Ryan Porteous had stepped up to the full squad and George Johnston was injured. But he was magnificent in the two games.
“He’ll go away with a spring in his step because I thought he was outstanding at the weekend”