Falkirk defender Luca Gasparotto hails influence of ‘shouting’ captain David McCracken



LUCA Gasparotto insists he is having a bawl with David McCracken as he tries to help make Falkirk roar again.

The former Rangers defender joined the Bairns in the summer and admits it took him time to settle into his new surroundings.

But the 21-year-old has relished his developing partnership at the heart of the Falkirk defence with experienced skipper McCracken – even though he constantly gets an earful from the 34-year-old.

(Pic: falkirkfc.co.uk)
(Pic: falkirkfc.co.uk)

He said: “Cracks has been brilliant. He never shuts up during the game, which is good to play with.

“I’m still young and I’m still learning and he’s helping me through that.

“He’s making it a lot easier when he’s constantly shouting at me and telling me where to go. It helps a lot.

“We take pride in clean sheets, that’s what the defenders are there to do. We want to keep the ball out of the net and hopefully the strikers put the ball in the net.

“Hopefully we can get another one this weekend.”

Falkirk are seeking a sixth straight win – and a fifth in the league – this evening (Saturday) away to St Mirren.


But Gasparotto has admitted the sub-standard Bairns were fortunate to defeat Ayr United 2-0 last weekend and will have to return to top form to keep their run going against the Buddies.

He added: “The gaffer made it clear at half-time last week and after the game that the standards needed to be higher.

“The standards we had set in the previous games against Raith and Dundee United were not met at all.

“He had a right to have a go at us and it will spur us on to rectify the performance against St Mirren.

“They’ll be gunning for their first win and they’ll be trying to get that as soon as possible, so we know it’s going to be a hard game.

“We know they’re going to come out strong, especially at home, and put us under pressure, but if we get our standards back up to where they were against Dundee United and Raith then hopefully it will be in our favour.”



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