SAUCHIE gaffer Iain Diack believes Saturday's postponement was a blessing in disguise and admitted he wouldn't mind a couple of more weeks without a game.

The Reds' match with Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale fell foul to a waterlogged pitch to make it two weeks since Diack's men last had a fixture.

Sauchie's squad has been decimated by injuries and suspension in recent weeks and were set to have only 12 available players for Saturday's match.

And, speaking to Advertiser Sport, Diack revealed he was not too downbeat by the decision to postpone the trip to Edinburgh.

Diack said: "For us, it was a bit of a blessing as we've got so many injuries at the moment.

"We're down to around 12 fit players, but hopefully with another week off it will give us the chance to get three or four back into the mix at training.

"I wouldn't mind the next few weeks off so we could get the squad back fit and get ready to go at it for the rest of the season."

Diack hopes to welcome back the likes of Mark Finlayson, Dylan Taylor, and Darren Cummings for the visit of Tynecastle this weekend.

So depleted was the squad that Diack had to play a part in a recent bounce match against Kilsyth, and the former Albion Rovers man is hopeful of adding one or two bodies sooner rather than later.

He continued: "Mark Finlayson was going to be touch and go for the game on Saturday, so another week should give him a chance to get fit.

"There's no room for error for us at the moment. If we pick up an injury, we could be playing games with ten men.

"Left back is an area I would like to add to. David Cross has done well there, but he isn't a left back and I think we miss him at the heart of the defence.

"Adding a couple of bodies would also bring more competition and lift the levels of the boys who are here."

Meanwhile, Diack revealed that it had been a 'no brainer' to ask Darren Cummings and Darren Petrie to take on new roles at the club.

Cummings has stepped up to the role of assistant manager following Adrian Hanson's departure and Petrie, whose career has been ended by injury, has joined the backroom staff for the rest of the season.

Diack said: "Darren (Cummings) has been a really good help to me during the season and has helped with the coaching all year.

"It was just a natural progression and probably quicker than we imagined it might happen.

"I had a couple of guys I could have brought over from the west, but for me Darren was just the natural choice."

The gaffer added: "Whereas with Darren Petrie, he is young but he is one who I have asked for his opinion throughout the season.

"He has always given me well thought out answers to problems.

"I don't think age really matters and I know the players have respect for the two of them."