COWDENBEATH boss Gary Bollan is confident that he will have at least two more additions to his squad this week.

He said on Tuesday: "Things have been a little slow as we have going forward towards the season but I am confident things will pick up pace this week.

"We have a goalkeeper lined up but as we are part of a chain of events that involve him we are awaiting finalisation of things but that should happen later this week. Also things are looking good that Jordan Allan will rejoin us while we have four lads in training with us and they are looking very promising.

"We start with a friendly at Airdrie on Saturday week and I would hope that we can have three or four lads in by that game." The manager reported that Blair Malcolm is currently undergoing pre-season training with League 1 side Falkirk and is awaiting developments there. Even when he secures his 'keeper he is looking to get another last line on board and he is also on the look-out for another defender and a midfielder. He added: "If Jordan Allan rejoins we will have him, David Cox, Kris Renton, Jordyn Sheerin and fit again Ryan Connelly, so that part of the squad is looking good.

"A bit tweaking here and there will complete things as we look ahead to the Betfred Cup and league,"

After the Airdrie game Cowdenbeath will meet Raith Rovers at Kirkcaldy next Tuesday night.

Tough opening to new campaign

Cowdenbeath will have an interesting start to the Ladbrokes League 2 season.

They open up on August 3 with a trip to Elgin City, a team they shared the 12 points with last season both teams winning two games, then the following week they have their first home game when they entertain Stirling Albion. On August 17 they break new ground on league duty by meeting Cove Rangers in Aberdeenshire and then it is back-to-back home games versus Annan Athletic and Brechin City. Manager Bollan has made it clear that he wants Central Park a citadel which other teams fear to visit and certainly they ended the season with several home wins so August provides the opportunity to make a point on that one. Brechin, who came down from League 1, have completely re-shaped their squad so how good City will be is yet something the fans will have to wait to find out. Likely front runners will be Edinburgh City, who led for the first four months of last season before finishing third and losing to Clyde in the playoff semi-final; and Annan, who finished fourth and lost to the Bully Wee in the final.