ELGIN City are expected to explore the loan market to bolster their return to football this month.
With Leagues 1 and 2 given the green light this week to resume training and games with immediate effect, City are expected to resume their campaign in just two weeks.
A restart date of Saturday March 20 has been approved for Leagues 1 and 2, while City’s Scottish Cup second round home match against Ayr United takes place on Tuesday March 23.
Reports suggest the lower two SPFL leagues could restart with a 22-game schedule, implying a split after 18 games into the top five and last five for four more games to determine champions and play-off positions.
That format would require many midweek games to finish the season in time for the play-offs at the end of May, and Elgin manager Gavin Price is aware he needs to strengthen his squad to face such a schedule.
“I’m going to need at least one or two players,” he admitted.
“With the demands that we are inevitably going to have for the team, we have to have a little more strength in depth and we are working to try to achieve that. “
Price lost a player over the winter when defender Andy McDonald, who was on loan from St Cadocs BC, opted to move to Ligue 1 Peterhead when his contract was terminated with his club Glasgow.
Elgin can only sign loans, an option they put to good use last season before the game was shut down in March due to the spread of the coronavirus.
They brought in Daniel Mackay and Cameron Harper, now regulars on Caley Thistle’s first team, as well as former Formartine United player Archie Macphee and talented Dundee United defender Ross Graham, who spent the first half of this season. season at Rangers League 1 Cove.
Price admitted that he would also be forced to limit the squad numbers for games over the remainder of the term due to travel restrictions.
Blacks and Whites began performing PCR tests this week in order to resume training sessions. Once the matches have restarted, only ten people are allowed to travel on the same bus while the players will have to make the journeys by car themselves.
As for the league format, if a 22-game season is not approved, there could be 18 or 27 games left to play, and Price says his club will adopt the schedule given to him.
“All we can do is try to win games and get as many points as possible. It will be Saturday, Tuesday every week. I don’t think we’re going to train a lot, ”he said.
“It’s a huge financial commitment for the club. There are the testing and transportation issues involved, but the club is one hundred percent behind.
“There’s a big thing going on at the club right now and everyone wants to make sure this season goes. “