BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport
Peter Houston has revealed he wants to add up to three new signings to his Falkirk squad this month.
The Bairns have got themselves firmly in the Championship title hunt and are desperate to repeat last season’s march to the Scottish Cup final.
The likes of Celtic, Rangers, Norwich City and Sporting Lisbon have all been linked with interest in midfielder Will Vaulks, whilst the emergence of 17-year-old striker Kevin O’Hara has earned admiring glances in recent weeks.
However, Houston is concentrating his efforts on adding to his squad rather than seeing it broken up in the transfer window.
He said: “I’ve got feelers out for two or three players and I’m waiting for answers. If I got the three I would take the three.
“There’s certainly players out there I have asked the question about.
“We have made enquiries and we’re waiting for word back from the managers of the players we’ve asked about.
“You want that to happen as soon as possible because you want people available as soon as possible.
“We’re a wee bit short in the full-back areas and in the middle of the park as well, and maybe a creative one as well. That’s the thinking.”
Meanwhile, Houston knows Scottish Cup opponents Dundee will have taken massive heart from their derby win over rivals Dundee United at the weekend.
Houston, who won the cup as manager of United in 2010, was at Dens Park on Saturday to see his old club go down to a 2-1 defeat to leave them mired in relegation trouble.
However, whilst United are down on their luck, Houston reckons Dundee will be full of confidence ahead of Falkirk’s visit on Saturday.
He added: “Dundee were under the cosh in the first-half. I thought Dundee United played really well in the first-half and could maybe have added to their one-goal lead.
“And it was a poor goal that got Dundee back in the game at 1-1 just before half-time.
“In the second-half, going down the hill at Dens, Dundee are always a threat and they got the goal, but it was never going to be a goal before the deflection.
“They’ll still be delighted because derby matches are big matches and the punters love them. The atmosphere was great at the game, it was a fantastic atmosphere, and that will give them a huge lift.
“They don’t, in my time knowing Dundee, win an awful lot of derbies but they’ll take great confidence from winning at the weekend.”