PRESTWICK man Scott Agnew is the man tasked with ensuring Stranraer FC don't get sucked into a League Two relegation dogfight in their last three matches.

And he can secure the Blues' place in the league in his first game in charge - though it won't be easy.

They welcome Elgin City to Stair Park on Saturday - but come into the match of the back of an 8-0 thrashing at the hands of East Fife.

Agnew says he knows the players will be "hurting" - something he can be confident in saying, given he was in the East Fife squad for the match.

The new boss took the helm on Monday, April 17, only two days after inflicting the result which led to Jamie Hamill and Darryl Duffy departing their roles as Stranraer's manager and assistant respectively.

Agnew opted to come back to the club for whom he made more than 130 appearances across three spells as a player.

It's Agnew's first job as a manager - though he does bring experience as an assistant, having been number two to Ian Murray at both Airdrie and Raith Rovers before returning to East Fife.

The former Rangers youth star can't wait to get started, and said he is looking forward to being back at a club so close to his heart.

He told the Stranraer media team: “It has all happened quickly but I am over the moon.

“The last couple of years I have been an assistant and tried to learn and do the best that I can.

“I have always been quite open about wanting to get my own opportunity, and obviously that has come up at a club that I have got a real affiliation with.

“I’ve got a bond with the supporters, I’ve got a bond with the chairman and the board, I’ve got a bond with guys behind the scenes, and everybody that I spoke to before.

“It is a club that has been special to me, and to get the opportunity to come and manage the club is absolutely massive for me and my first step in management."