ALLOA manager Jim Goodwin pinpointed Queen’s Park striker Aidan Keena as the man to watch ahead of the two sides’ meeting at Hampden on Saturday.

The Wasps boss admitted his players will have to be wary of the Hearts loanee, who has netted four times since making the temporary switch in January.

But he reckons his players will relish the chance to perform at the national stadium, and says the squad are looking forward to the clash against League One’s bottom side.

Goodwin told Advertiser Sport: “We always say there are no easy games. Queen’s Park have had a couple of good results in their last few games and Aidan Keena, who they’ve signed on loan from Hearts, has made a real difference.

"He’s already an Irish youth international. He’s hit the ground running and has scored plenty of goals already.

“It’s always a difficult game when you play Queen’s Park, but our boys will relish the opportunity to play at Hampden on the big pitch there.

"There’s never any need for extra motivation when you go there. It will be one we’re looking forward to.”

Alloa were left frustrated after two games were called off in the space of four days, with matches away to Airdrieonians and at home to East Fife fell victim to last week’s extreme weather.

However, Goodwin reckons the enforced break has helped his squad, and revealed that several players will return from injury this week.

He said: “One thing about the two games being off last week was that it gave the lads a chance to recover from knocks and niggles.

"We’ve been able to treat it as a mini winter break, and now the majority of the squad are fighting fit.

"Daryll Meggatt and Declan McDonald are both longer term injuries, but Callum Smith will be back from his suspension on Saturday.”

Meggatt has been the Wasps’ longest-term absentee, but the manager revealed the defender is nearing a return to first-team action, and could make his comeback before the end of March.

Goodwin added: “Daryll’s recovery is going as expected and is taking as long as the physios thought it would.

"He’s had to miss a week’s training which isn’t ideal but he has been back running. The main thing for him is getting his fitness back up and making sure he is able to play a part.

"We want to have him back towards the end of the season, and hopefully it will be closer to the end of this month.