VALE of Leithen begin their 2019/20 Lowland League campaign tomorrow with a trip up the A703 to Bonnyrigg.

And waiting for them at New Dundas Park is former manager Robbie Horn.

Bonnyrigg Rose's transition from former junior champions to Lowland League contenders hasn't been smooth.

But following licensing controversies they have earned their place in the fifth tier of Scottish football.

And, despite being the league's new boys, are expected to provide a challenge for the title.

Vale manager Chris Anderson believes it will be a historic match - but one his team can win.

He said: "It's good to be involved in a game with such importance.

"This is Bonnyrigg's first game in the Lowland League and I expect there will be a big crowd.

"Like in previous seasons many of the bigger teams, and you could include Bonnyrigg in there, will be looking at Vale as a team they should be beating.

"But we have shown season after season that we can compete with the best in this league.

"We'll go to Bonnyrigg with confidence and we'll be looking for a result."

Ger Rossi has assumed captaincy of the team, while former captain James Elliot is expected to be on the bench following a lengthy recovery from injury.

Gala Fairydean Rovers enjoy home advantage for their opening fixture against Cumbernauld Colts.

Neil Hastings' team faced Celtic in a final pre-season warm-up last (Thursday) night.