Double trouble

AFTER a 2-0 loss away to Rangers on Saturday, Queen’s Park this week host Berwick Rangers.

Queen’s Park were leapfrogged by their Glasgow rivals but hope to continue to push the Ibrox club for top of the table with a win against fifth place Berwick.

A Lee McCulloch double sunk the Hampden side on Saturday, but the Spiders will have another shot at the fallen giants in December. The game on December 29, which is expected to be broadcast on Sky, will be the first time QP feature live on TV for 61 years.

Meanwhile, Queen’s Park’s plans to move from their Hampden Park home of 109 years to facilitate the refurbishment of the National Stadium for use in the Commonwealth Games in 2014 have moved up several gears.

The Spiders, who remain owners of the Mount Florida ground that was first used in 1903, will require to play their home matches at another venue for at least a year as a running track and associated facilities are built in the Stadium more commonly used for Third Division and international games as well as Cup Finals, the odd Olympic event and concerts as well.

The club’s training ground of Lesser Hampden will be used as a warm up track to the athletic events at Hampden and as result talks over moves to various grounds have been taking place over the last 12 months.

The talks have intensified following last week’s announcement from Hampden Park Limited, who manage the use of the building, that the ground would be a football free zone from November 2013 to November 2014.

Queen’s Park’s General Manager Christine Wright said, “We have looked at a number of possibilities for our first team’s games when Hampden is out of commission and our two strongest preferences were for Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium and Partick Thistle’s Firhill.”

“Airdrie is now our preferred option for a number of reasons but no final decision has been taken and it is premature to say that it has been agreed as there are a number of bodies involved. Our move is being funded as part of the Commonwealth Games and whilst we will be doing it on a cost neutral basis we have to agree with the people who will be helping with the funding of it.”

On Saturday, Lok are back in league action when they take on Kirkintilloch Rob Roy at Newlandsfield (KO 2pm).

Last weekend, thanks to goals from Paul McQuilken and Steven Reilly, defeated local rivals Neilston in the cup.