Manager Ian Little has strengthened his defensive ranks ahead of Saturday’s Lowland League opener against Vale of Leithen by capturing free agent centre-back Ryan Finnie.

The 25-year-old, who played as a trialist in the team’s 4-1 friendly defeat against Stenhousemuir last Saturday, signed on the dotted line this afternoon and will go straight into the matchday squad for the match at Shielfield Park.

Finnie, who is equally adept playing at right-back, is a product of the Rangers youth system and, by coming to the Wee Gers, has been reunited with his former teammate in the Ibrox set-up Grant Nelson.

Despite being in his mid-20s, Finnie has plenty of experience in the Scottish Professional Football League, with first-team appearances for Hamilton Academical, Dumbarton, Annan Athletic, Alloa Athletic, Clyde and Queen’s Park, while he also enjoyed a spell in Sweden with IFK Östersund. 

Speaking about signing on, Finnie – who has been handed squad number five – said: “After initial contact with Graeme [Gurney, Associate Director], I spoke to the gaffer and I’ve been been pleased with the efforts the club has gone for me and I’m delighted to get this done. 

“I’m moving from full-time to part-time football now, which is massive for me, and with the offer the club made in trying to help me with my career change, it was something other clubs couldn’t offer me and was certainly a factor in my reason to sign for the club.

“I can’t wait for the season to begin now and I hope it’s a successful one for both myself and the club.”

How to stream Berwick Rangers vs Vale of Leithen this Saturday

To ensure fans are well-versed in the process they’ll need to go through to tune in to the live match stream each week, the club is asking fans to follow the same steps they’ll have go through each home game, giving them a chance to familiarise themselves with the process. 

  1. Visit our online store and click the ‘Live Streams’ option in the top menu bar. 
  2. You’ll find ‘Live Stream Access: BRFC v Vale of Leithen – 10th October 2020. Click on it.
  3. Once the product page has loaded, click Add to Cart. Please do not click Buy with PayPal. No payment is required in this process so PayPal are not used. 
  4. Having clicked Add to Cart, you should be redirected to your basket. Scroll to and click ‘Check Out’.
  5. IMPORTANT: On this page, tick the box named ‘Keep me up to date on news and exclusive offers’. Failure to do this will mean we are unable to deliver your match streaming link in an email. Please then enter a valid email address in the field under ‘contact information’

    Be sure to double check your email address and ensure it is correct – this is where your live stream link will be delivered to. Click ‘Continue to Shipping’.
  6. Click ‘Continue to Payment’.
  7. Scroll to the bottom of your order summary, and click ‘Complete order’.
  8. Automated emails should now be on their way to your inbox. One will be from the club store confirming your order, the second will include the match link. Please check your spam folders before contacting the club about undelivered emails – we have confirmed reports of emails to @hotmail email addresses landing in the spam folder. 

    Please allow up to 10 minutes for the delivery of the live stream linking email – the average delivery time is 4 mins. 
  9. Open the second email and click the watch game button. 
  10. Sit back, settle in and watch the Dream Team.

The instructions above will be re-shared closer to matchday and the club’s social media team will be on hand throughout the week and on Saturday to assist supporters, while an FAQs item will also be shared.