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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 August, 2003, 17:27 GMT 18:27 UK
Scottish Second Division guide
Veteran striker Roddy Grant in his Brechin days
Roddy Grant helped Brechin to promotion last season
Veteran striker Roddy Grant has experienced the highs and lows of Scottish football during a long playing career that has taken him through every division.

And it is not over yet for the 36-year-old travelling hitman.

After helping Brechin to promotion last season he is hoping to do the same again for Peterhead in 2003/04.

BBC Sport Online asked Roddy who he reckons will set the Second Division heather on fire this season?

And who, in his expert opinion, is in for a long, hard slog at the wrong end of the table?


The Second Division is traditionally very tight and last season was incredibly close, with just a few points covering the bulk of the sides.

I can see it being another close race with both promotion and relegation going right to the wire.

A good start is essential for all the teams in this league and if things go against you early in the campaign it's a long and difficult slog to try and make up ground.


AIRDRIE UNITED

Airdrie United were very unlucky to lose out on promotion last season, when a last-minute goal from Brechin denied them the step up.

Airdrie put a great run together at the end of the last campaign and with them going full-time now, I can see them pushing hard for the title.

Jerome Vareille is an experienced striker who will get goals and Marvyn Wilson and Stevie Docherty are talented midfielders.

The two sides who dropped down from the First Division should also be in with a shout and both Arbroath and Alloa have been in this position before.


Arbroath boss John Brownlie
Brownlie will have Arbroath well organised
ARBROATH

Arbroath have lost a few players and, with money tight, have not been able to bring in many replacements.

But John Brownlie will have his side well-organised, just like Alloa boss Terry Christie, who is a clever tactician.


ALLOA

Alloa have a very good striker in Scott Crabbe, who should score his fair share in this league.


HAMILTON ACADEMICAL

Hamilton Accies have almost completely rebuilt their squad.

And while it remains to be seen if the new players can gel, they have had a couple of good pre-season results against Hearts and Motherwell, which augers well.


MORTON

I also fancy Morton to make an impact after stepping up from the Third Division.

Morton striker Alex Williams
Morton will rely on Alex Williams for goals this season
John McCormack has assembled a good squad of young players and has brought in a few new faces.

Peter Weatherson has always been among the goals during his time at Queen of the South and could form a great partnership with Alex Williams.

I was impressed by Williams when he was at Stirling Albion and he looks like a 20-plus goals a season player.

Morton have a big, noisy support and Cappielow is not a ground many teams will relish visiting.


FORFAR ATHLETIC

Martin Bavidge and Paul Tosh both scored lots of goals for Forfar Athletic last season.

And if Ray Stewart can tighten things up at the back, they should win more than they lose.


DUMBARTON

Dumbarton have made wholesale changes and it may take time for the new boys to settle.

They don't appear to have a real goal threat and without an in-form striker I can't see them making much of an impression.


STENHOUSEMUIR

Stenhousemuir are another side that appear a little lightweight in attack.

I'm afraid they might have a long hard fight on their hands this season.


Ex-Berwick striker Alex Burke
Berwick will miss Alex Burke
BERWICK RANGERS

Berwick Rangers are usually well-organised and will always take points at home.

But they have lost two very good players in Alex Burke and Gary Wood and I fear that will take its toll.


EAST FIFE

I think East Fife might struggle to adapt to life in Division Two.

It's always hard to come up and they don't have the money to bring players in.





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