FORMER Berwick Rangers boss Ian Little is expected to remain in charge of Tranent Juniors for this weekend’s clash with Blackburn United.

The 43-year-old has taken interim charge following the resignation of double cup winners Kenny Rafferty and Darren Smith.

His first game saw the Belters thumped 5-0 by Dalkeith Thistle (see report on page 54).

Speaking ahead of training on Tuesday evening, he said: “It is really up to the players to come and be prepared to work hard in training and make sure they are motivated.

“I thought we trained well last week and went into the game on Saturday but unfortunately it did not turn out too great.

“You can put all the best training in the world out there and all the coaching you want but when push comes to shove it is the players who need to go over that line and fight their cause.”

Little, 43, enjoyed a successful playing career which saw him feature for Livingston, Stenhousemuir and Alloa Athletic before he became boss at Shielfield Park in October 2011.

The interim boss, who lives in Tranent, had previously been coaching Livingston’s under-20s side.

He said: “I just got a call to see if I would help Tranent out.

“I’ve been helping other clubs for the last five or six weeks and thought I would come along and help Tranent.”