Peterhead manager Jim McInally will ease summer signing Gary Mackenzie into action as the 34-year-old has had a longer break from football than the rest of his squad.
The one-time Scotland squad member has joined the Blue Toon from St Mirren after enjoying a career that started at Rangers and included stops at Dundee, MK Dons, Blackpool, Bradford City and Doncaster Rovers however he has not had his boots on for 9 months.
Mackenzie played 12 times in the Premiership for the Paisley side last season however a combination of a hamstring problem and a knee injury has kept him out of action since December.
McInally reckons that the centre back will be ready for competitive football next month if he takes his time and does not rush to impress as he explained: “Gary is going to be a big figure in our team however I am not going to demand that from day one. St Mirren looked after him well and gave him a really detailed programme that sets out the work he should be doing week on week and when he should be returning.”
“That does not change because he has moved clubs. We will work with him when we start training this week and he will build himself up over the next few weeks. We want him available for the long term so will not risk anything.”
© Craig Stewart/ Peterhead Football Club