BRADFORD City manager Derek Adams believes that Martin Scott and Steve Craig have the qualities and character to succeed at Gala Fairydean Rovers.

Adams played with Scott under Paul Lambert at Livingston and with Craig at Aberdeen. And he managed both during a hugely successful spell at Ross County.

In 2011 the current Gala pair not only played in the historic Scottish cup semi-final victory over Celtic but both scored in the 2-0 win.

Adams told the Border Telegraph: “I always thought that Jimmy (Martin Scott) would stay in the game as a coach, though if I’m being honest, I didn’t think he’d become a manager but when I spoke to him Tuesday night he sounded just like a manager.

“He knows how he wants his team to play football and can be very forceful. It’s difficult being a young manager and I explained to him that he has to use the experience he picked up as a player and take things from managers that he played under. I know he has worked for some very good managers, but he has to look at how they dealt with things and decided which he liked and which he didn’t like.

“Him and Steve (Craig) are very different characters although both have tempers and both have the ability to look after people so either one could be the good cop or the bad cop.

“Jimmy is one of the funniest characters in Scottish football but now he will have to become a disciplinarian at times.

“We spoke for over an hour on the phone last week and I was delighted to learn that he had been appointed manager of Gala Fairydean Rovers and had brought Steve (Craig) in as his assistant.

“They were both great for me at Ross County and were part of a really good group of players and I’m sure that they have what’s needed to be a success in the Borders.”