Defender Darren Barr underwent minor knee surgery at the end of last week and Binos boss Dave Mackay hopes to have the former Scotland player available by the end of August.

Last season’s top scorer Darren Smith is to have another scan this week to try to get to the root of the back/hip issue that has caused him to miss the pre-season and Betfred Cup matches.

Defender Lee Hamilton has been having treatment on a foot injury and it is hoped he might be able to return to the squad for the Ladbrokes League 2 opener against Berwick Rangers at Shielfield on Saturday. However, Kyle Banner and Kevin Moon are both suspended for that game.