HERIOT’S skipper Keith Morton has played down the notion that defeat in today’s derby clash with Grange could badly hit their prospects of holding on to their league title.

The sides clash at Raeburn Place with the hosts looking to maintain their perfect start to the campaign.

And a pragmatic Morton insisted there will be no chat about the destiny of the championship in his camp.

He declared: “We’ve been looking forward to this match with great excitement - but it is far too early to be talking about winning or losing titles.

“This league is extremely competitive and every game is wide open.”

Heriot’s are boosted by the return of Peter Ross, though Simon Whait will keep the gloves.

Morton added: “It would be unfair to Grange to pick out any of their players for special mention.

“They are a strong unit from top to bottom.”

In the other all-Edinburgh affair, Watsonians play host to a Stew-Mel lineup, buoyed by their success against Glenrothes last weekend.

Arbroath are keen to make amends for the heavy defeat by Grange, but they will be without skipper Marc Petrie.

His absence means that old stager Murray Clark will be behind the timbers, while Calvin Burnett returns to the fray.

Petrie said: “Calvin has been greatly missed over the past couple of weeks.

“He’s the type of player who can take the game away from the opposition or get us back in to a match.”

Elsewhere, Carlton are at home to Forfarshire and struggling Glenrothes await Aberdeenshire.