SCOTT ARFIELD is backing former club Falkirk to return to the Scottish Premier League at the first attempt.
Town’s new midfield signing joined the Bairns at 15, with his 122 appearances for them including last season’s Scottish Cup final and Europa League ties this time around.
The 21-year-old’s last outing for the Westfield club was the 0-0 draw at Kilmarnock on May 8, which sent them down for the first time since 2005.
Since relegation was confirmed, skipper Darren Barr, like Arfield a club academy product, has left for Hearts.
Arfield’s departure and rumours that defender Tam Scobbie could also leave have sparked fears of a fire sale among fans.
But club managing director George Craig insisted: “Some clubs seem to be under the impression we need to move players on, but that’s not the case.”
And boss Steven Pressley said the income from Arfield’s sale, reported to be an initial £400,000 with add-ons, will go towards rebuilding for a promotion tilt.
“We want the right people to come to the club and we are working on our targets at the moment,” said the former Scotland star.
Arfield, pictured, said: “Having worked with Steven Pressley, I know what kind of man he is and how determined he will be to get the club back to the SPL.
“With (veteran coach) Alex Smith also there, Falkirk will be okay. They have good players and hopefully they can get in some because of my transfer.
“I wish I could have left Falkirk in the SPL but my money is on them to get promotion at the first attempt.”
Falkirk will fight it out with the likes of Dundee, Dunfermline, Queen of the South, Partick Thistle, this season’s Scottish Cup finalists Ross County, Greenock Morton and promoted Stirling Albion in Division I next time.