QUEEN’S Park boss Gardner Speirs has revealed he may seek to rest key players against Elgin on Saturday as he prepares for the play-offs.
Gardner, speaking after the Spiders 3-2 win against Stranraer on Saturday, was delighted to have secured second spot in the third division.
Now their play-offs matches have been scheduled - they will face Stranraer at Stair Park on Wednesday, May 9 and at Hampden on Saturday, May 16.
Delighted to beat his play-off rivals, Gardner admits that it might now be in the squad’s best interest if he rests a few of his boys to keep them fresh for those crucial matches.
He said: “We’re really pleased. It means we finish the league season in second place.
“When we released we couldn’t win the league the target was to finish second.
“We played the game as we would have any other. We wanted to finish second and get the three points to make sure we did. It was a good performance.
“We want to win against Elgin at the weekend but we have a situation now where we are definitely going to finish second and Elgin are going to finish fourth.
“We’ll look at it this week and see if there’s a possibility to rest some players and keep them fresh for the play-offs. We can’t change 11 players obviously but two or three we can hopefully give a break.
“We want the players to be as prepared as they can be.”
There was bad news for Queen’s on Saturday however as influential midfielder David Anderson picked up a hamstring injury which will all but certainly rule him out of Saturday’s fixture.
Gardner is unsure whether he will make the play-offs.
He added: “He’s very doubtful for this Saturday but we’ll have to wait and see if he’s out any longer than that. Fingers crossed he’s not.”
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