GOALKEEPER Jamie McGowan is poised to begin his rehabilitation programme following surgery on his dislocated shoulder last Thursday.

McGowan picked up the injury during a Development League West fixture and now faces a long road to recovery.

Boss Duffy said: “He’s had the surgery and will be in a sling for the next month or so but everything seemed to go to plan.

“But there’s no set timescale yet in terms of when he’ll be back, other than the fact that he’ll remain in a sling for the next month.

“He’ll just have to do general rehab to try to make sure it does not seize up.

“He’s got a rehabilitation programme and he’ll start that next week after the pain settles down a little bit after the operation.”

Meanwhile, Duffy is urging his side to maintain their ruthless streak in the final third when they head down to face Queen of the South this weekend.

In the last four matches Ton have scored 10 goals - with Gary Oliver and Jack Iredale both netting twice, along with Jai Quitongo, Thomas O’Ware, Scott Tiffoney, Michael Tidser, Frank Ross and Bob McHugh chipping in with goals.

And Duffy is delighted with the spread of goalscorers.

He said: “The one thing we have been over the last month is very creative — and that’s something where we struggled a bit during the first half of the season.

“But in the second half of the season we’ve certainly got a lot better at creating chances. We’ll not always capitalise on them but we’re creating them.

“We’ve had a good number of goalscoring opportunities in recent weeks and we’ve managed to take a decent share of them, so long may it continue.”