INJURY problems are piling up for Kilwinning Rangers with their two top goalies sidelined ahead of Saturday’s Scottish Junior Cup clash with Dundee Violet.

Adam Strain joined fellow ‘keeper David Markey on the sidelines after pulling his hamstring and suffering an elbow injury in the 3-0 defeat against Pollok. David Syme also suffered a leg injury.

Boss Chris Strain said: “Adam will be out for a couple of weeks and David’s knee is being assessed but he is certainly not going to be ready for the cup tie in my opinion. David Syme suffered a nasty leg injury and was walking on one leg after a really bad injury, but credit to him, he stayed on the park.

“Our young goalie Chris Taylor can come in to the fold and if we defend well and protect him we will be fine.”

He disappointed with the result and added: “We made some basic errors to begin with and gave Pollok the impetus. It was too hard to get back into it.”

Young defender Mikey Hewitt, on loan from Ayr United, hopes his team can bounce back, he said: “I don’t think we turned up at all. In the first half we didn’t get tight enough to them, were not aggressive enough and that really showed as we lost really cheap goals that could have been prevented. In the second half, we started better but couldn’t capitalise on the chances we created. We also lost another cheap goal late on.

“We’ve had a great start to the league season – only one defeat out of eight and will learn from it.

“It was a tight game at times but we didn’t get the ball to the striker’s feet enough.

“We look forward to the Scottish Cup tie and hopefully we can get through. The dressing room is great place to be and we have a great management team.”