Mackenzie: We’ll get out of trouble

Blackpool's Gary MacKenzie
Blackpool's Gary MacKenzie
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GARY Mackenzie has backed the Seasiders to drag themselves away from the Championship drop zone.

The on-loan defender has been a popular figure at the heart of the defence since joining from MK Dons at the start of this month.

He’s played every minute of the four games since he signed and netted the winner at Watford a fortnight ago.

The Seasiders sit 17th in the table, only four points from the bottom three, but Mackenzie is convinced they’ll be fine.

“I’ve not been here long but I can see that no-one is lacking in confidence,” he said.

“The mood in the camp is good. Hopefully we can now start expressing ourselves and showing what we can do again.”

The 27-year-old, who has signed until the end of the season, has another year on his contract at League One side MK Dons.

Blackpool haven’t got an option to sign him written into the loan deal, though considering his form they would clearly be interested.

But it’s not something he’s even considered as yet.

MacKenzie added “I just want to play at as high a level as possible. I still think my best years are ahead of me as a centre-back.

“I think from 27 to maybe 33 you are at your best because you learn the game more and you see different things with experience, so I think I’m coming into my peak years.

“Whether it’s here or somewhere else I don’t know yet, but I’m just thankful that I’ve got the opportunity to go and show people that I can actually play in the Championship.

“After that we will just have to wait and see.” With his future uncertain, MacKenzie is currently living out of a suitcase at the hotel at Bloomfield Road.

Not that it seems to bother him. “I was renting a house in Milton Keynes, but obviously I’m up here till the end of the season now so I’ve handed in my notice down there and the club are putting me up in accommodation up here,” he said.

“They are looking after me in the hotel and now that there are only a few weeks of the season left. I’m just getting my head down and concentrating on my football.”

MaKenzie arrived at Blackpool having missed four months of the season with a hip injury.

He underwent surgery, then played twice for MK Dons before his move north.

And the Scotland international said he now feels fully fit.

“It’s totally fine now. I’ve made a full recovery. It was very frustrating because I started the season really well.

“I was in the Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifiers, and a fortnight after that I got the news I had to have an operation, so it was a real setback.

“Apart from an ankle operation when I was 20, I have not had any other major injuries.

“That was only my second operation and touch wood it’s my last. ’ve been quite fortunate that way.”