Published: 17/04/2017 15:58 - Updated: 17/04/2017 16:05

Buckie Thistle insist: "We have done nothing wrong"

BUCKIE Thistle insist they have done nothing wrong over the inclusion of Callum Murray on the bench in Saturday’s crunch game at Formartine Utd.

Callum Murray in action for Deveronvale before he was recalled from his loan spell.
Callum Murray in action for Deveronvale before he was recalled from his loan spell.

There have been claims that the player was ineligible and the Highland League has called a meeting on Thursday night, less than 48 hours before the final day of the season.

Murray was an unused sub for the game after the Jags recalled him from a loan spell at Deveronvale to help cover for injuries to Sam Urquhart, Craig Cowie and Craig Dorrat. A 0-0 draw means Buckie can win the title on Saturday with a win over Strathspey Thistle.

However, rumours started appearing on social media over the weekend regarding claims of Buckie playing an ineligible player at Pitmedden.

A meeting of the Highland League management committee has now been called for Thursday to discuss the matter and Buckie Thistle have put out a statement to allay fans’ fears.

The club said: "We believe we have done nothing wrong. We are his mother club and he has always been registered with the Jags. We cancelled his loan paper only to Deveronvale and the SFA confirmed this was done properly and we have it in writing from the HFL secretary that we were OK to have Callum play on Saturday. Checks were carried out on Friday by our president prior to the match on Saturday."

Buckie could be fined £500 and docked three points if found guilty of an offence.

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