Third division: Steven Tweed tips 'dark horses' Annan

STEVEN Tweed is well placed to preview the Third Division, having lived and breathed the division over recent years.

The former Montrose manager - now playing with Broughty Ferry, with whom he faces Dundee North End today -- has challenged Annan, Berwick Rangers and Queen's Park to believe they can outdo the investment made in their squads by relegated sides Peterhead and Alloa and be promoted to the Second Division.

Tweed said: "Peterhead and Alloa are the favourites as unlike Arbroath last season, who were the sole big spenders, they have both built big squads. That should make things very interesting especially with the wily John Sheran and the more youthful Paul Hartley.

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"Other clubs can challenge if they are consistent and believe they can do it. Berwick and Queen's Park both had great runs last season and if they can do that for longer they may well go top. Annan Athletic are my dark horses and if they are not the champions they will make the play-offs."

Tweed added: "Elgin cannot be discounted for a play-off place if they keep showing the form that defeated Ross County. Montrose have made good signings and may chase a play-off spot but I don't see Stranraer challenging."

As for East Stirling and Clyde, Tweed said: "Both clubs would probably see progress as moving up in the league with such young squads."