People say there’s nothing as boring as watching paint dry.

Greg Tansey would raise them fifteen months on the sidelines - mostly because that’s exactly what he did.

The former Aberdeen man bought a house in the Granite City and did it up to stop him dowelling on the injury. 

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He said: "I’d just moved into my house in Aberdeen. My plan was to do it up. I didn’t have the time because we were in Europe then.

"When I was injured I had seven months out so I just did the house up by myself. All of it. I painted it. I can’t do wooden floors yet so I had someone into do that and the carpets.

"I've never been any good at Ikea furniture but I became good. It was a new build and it was just that the family before had a different taste to what I did.

"I was doing it to put it on the market to seel. I bought it for that then I was going to move into a smaller flat. Being on my own, it was something to do. 

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After all that time out, you can understand why the ex-Inverness midfielder is dying to cross the line again. 

He continued: I can't wait to get out onto the pitch. I've been fit for a couple of months, so the fitness is there.

"I played 90 minutes behind closed doors on Friday and felt great. I've been training and can't wait for today's game.

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"As a footballer, there's nothing worse than being sat on your backside on a Saturday and just watching Soccer Saturday. 

"I got to the stage where I had to turn it off, it used to do my head in so much."