Striker See brought in to help Rangers solve their goal drought
Berwick manager Robbie Horn watched his side turn in another goalless performance in a 2-0 home defeat against Annan on Saturday, and admitted afterwards the lack of goals is a worry.
“You can’t win games if you don’t score,” he said, “and we can’t hide from the facts.
“We haven’t scored in our last five games, it is a worry, but it’s not for a lack of effort from the players. We just need a break and hopefully it will kickstart our season again.”
Rangers have now gone 532 minutes without a goal - the last time they hit the net was in a 1-0 home win against Stirling Albion on December 2 and Horn says that is one of the reasons he has brought striker Ousman See to the club.
See made his debut and played most of the game until he was substituted in the closing stages.
Berwick also gave a debut to new signing Declan O’Kane, but he was at fault for the first goal in the 68th minute when his attempted backpass put pressure on goalkeeper Robby McCrorie, whose clearance was played back into the box by substitute Ben Armour, where former Berwick striker Blair Henderson turned the ball into the net.
In the 87th minute Annan added a second when Aiden Smith fired low past McCrorie following another cross from the right.
“It was a game where whoever scored first was going to go on and win,” said Horn.
“When Annan scored I think it deflated us and we never recovered.
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“It was disappointing, because for a spell I think we had been in the ascendency. But the lack of goals for us has been a downfall. We just have to keep knocking at the door and hopefully we will get the break we are looking for.”
Horn says that he is still looking to strengthen his squad during the January transfer window and two more players could be added over the course of the next week, with possibly one being added before the next game, at home to Elgin on Saturday.
See, who is 23, joins the club after a short spell with League One club Forfar Athletic.
See is a forward with years of senior experience despite his young age. In 2013/14 he was the East of Scotland Premier League top scorer whilst playing for Tynecastle. From there he joined Selkirk and the following year he progressed again to then Lowland League side Edinburgh City.
A serious knee injury meant See missed out on the second half of the 2015/16 season, but he moved up to Ladbrokes League Two with Edinburgh City for the 2016/17 season and notched up seven goals in 25 appearances, one of which was against Berwick. In July 2017 See signed for Forfar and during his time at Station Park he made over a dozen appearances, mostly as a substitute, scoring one goal.
Horn revealed his delight at finally completing the deal: “I’m over the moon to finally get Ouzy signed. It’s been on the go for a couple of months now but for a couple of reasons it didn’t happen until now. Ouzy brings a physical presence to the front line, has pace, power and can finish.”
Meanwhile, Calum Donaldson and Kevin Waugh have returned to parent club Hibernian, whilst defender Marcus Godinho has returned to Hearts at the end of their loan deals.