Hunter in tactical dilemma with ‘genius’ Johnston

Graham Johnston has operated across the park this season.
Graham Johnston has operated across the park this season.

Fraserburgh manager Kris Hunter has praised the abilities of Graham Johnston, the talented all-rounder having been pushed back into defence in recent weeks.

Equally capable of both putting the ball into the back of the net, and keeping it out of it, Johnston has had a fine season under Hunter at the Bellslea.

Earlier in the campaign, Johnston’s efforts in the Scottish Cup saw his strike against Montrose tipped to be best of the competition.

However, his manager, Hunter, has been lamenting having to use Johnston in a deeper role, saying that he is wasted by the team in playing from the defence. Having scored and created a hat-trick for PA Bruce last fortnight, after moving further up the part from his starting position as right-back, it is hard to argue that Johnston does not merit a more advanced role.

Speaking to us on Johnston, Hunter said: “Graham’s missed a lot of the season because of an injury with his ankle, so he’s been a big miss. He’s still lacking a wee bit of sharpness, but that’s just with a lack of games.

“He’s had a few games now at right-back. It’s not his favourite position, but we certainly don’t want him to be playing there because he’s better forward for us, because he always creates chances and is always capable of scoring goals.

“His football brain is wasted at the back, but, because we had so many injuries and people missing against Turriff, he went in there and did really well,” he added.