Elgin City manager Jim Weir insists pal Gus MacPherson is wasted in League Two



Elgin City manager Jim Weir insists pal Gus MacPherson is wasted in League Two.

Weir will go head-to-head with his Queens Park counterpart in the dugout this afternoon, with the Black and Whites looking to maintain their lead at the summit.

Even though Weir will be doing his utmost to mastermind a win for the Highland outfit over the Spiders for the first time since November 2013, the former St Johnstone defender insists ex-St Mirren boss MacPherson is too good for the Scotland’s bottom tier.

MacPherson managed St Mirren between 2003 and 2010

Weir said: “Gus is a personal friend of mine as is Chris Hillcoat on the backroom staff.

“You go through your career and there are very few you keep in touch with but Gus is one of them.

“We did our Pro-License together and I’ve always had a lot of respect for him.

“For me, I think he is managing at a level way below his qualification.

“No disrespect to the league but I really think Gus has a lot more to offer at a higher level.

“I’d like to see him get back to that level, but of course not at our expense.

“His players know how to play the system that he wants and they play it very well, at Hampden in particular.

“They’re a really hard working side and they put demands on each other, and they’ve got that street-wise bit about their team. Credit to Gus for that.”

Elgin have a five point lead over Queens Park at the summit and Weir admits it’s imperative that gap is not reduced.

He added: “When you play the teams around you, it’s important if you’ve got points over them that you don’t lose that.

“We know we’ve got a long way to go, there’s 14 games to go.

“Queens Park is probably the only side we’ve not taken a victory from in my time and that’s something we’re looking to rectify.”