LIMERICK FC will travel to Scotland at the end of the month to complete their pre-season preparations ahead of the new Airtricity League season.
Club CEO John O’Sullivan was eager to use Stuart Taylor’s extensive Scottish contacts to test the metal of his squad ahead of their eagerly anticipated return to the top flight of Irish football. They will play a Dundee United XI and a Hibernian FC XI while in Scotland.
“We were looking to play a couple of high tempo games before the start of the season,” said O’Sullivan. “We can’t play friendly games against [Irish] Premier Division opposition.
“To get the games that will really get you set ahead of the season, we had to look outside of Ireland or look at bringing teams in. The Scotland trip was a cost effective way of doing that. We’re hoping they’ll field fairly strong squads.
“The Monday game against Hibs will be slightly stronger, as Dundee will have a game on the Saturday when we’re playing them, so no one involved in that will be playing. We’re hoping it will be a good test for the lads.
The squad will fly out to Glasgow on Friday, February 22, and return home to Limerick on Tuesday, February 26.
With 16 players signed up already, the squad is still a little short of what will be required for a tough Premier Division campaign. “We’re in talks with a couple of players at the moment. The closing date for league registration is February 22, which is the day we leave so by then the squad should be fairly settled. Though after that you can still bring in one or two if they’ve been released from their clubs and if their contracts are finished.”
One player close to signing could be Belgian striker, Axel Bossekota, who impressed in last week’s friendly against Mervue United: “We’re looking to sign Axel alright,” added O’Sullivan. “We just need to come to an agreement with the player.”
The club has as of yet no scheduled match in Limerick this pre-season. O’Sullivan aware of this fact said: “We’re looking to have one in Thomond and we’re talking to a couple of clubs with respect to that.”
Limerick continued their preparation with a game against Cobh Ramblers last night while they travel to Waterford on Friday and then go to Cork on Sunday for the opening round of the Munster Senior Cup against Avondale Utd.