Air­drie will have mea­sure of Blues

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Drivetime Extra - Mark Pirie

Sean McIntosh be­lieves that Air­drieo­ni­ans’game against Stran­raer in the Bet­fred Cup will act as a mea­sure of how ready they are for the sea­son.

The de­fender ad­mit­ted it has been a hard sum­mer so far for the play­ers – with head coach Mark Wilson leav­ing the club and fi­nan­cial fears sur­round­ing the Di­a­monds af­ter the de­par­ture of chair­man Tom Wother­spoon.

McIntosh is look­ing for­ward to be­ing able to con­cen­trate on foot­ball again, with the group­stage kick­ing off at the Ex­cel­sior Sta­dium against Brian Reid’s men.

The 20-year-old ex­pects the Blues to show them where they stand ahead of their league cam­paign.

“It’s been tough for us,” he told the Ad­ver­tiser. “I know it’s dif­fi­cult for the fans and I re­ally feel for them.

“It’s dif­fi­cult for the play­ers as well, but I’m a pretty pos­i­tive per­son and want to give them some­thing back.

“Mark [Wilson] leav­ing came out of the blue for us, and Gor­don [Dalziel] and Don­ald [Jen­now] have done what they can in train­ing.

“It’s good for us to be able to get back to play­ing foot­ball. We know Stran­raer have brought in play­ers and that it will be dif­fi­cult, but it’s a game that will prob­a­bly show us where we stand against the other teams in League One.

“It’s im­por­tant that we all stick to­gether and move for­ward when the new man­ager comes in.”

McIntosh is one of only a hand­ful of play­ers at New Broom­field with first-team ex­pe­ri­ence, and has called for the young play­ers now in the squad to make the most of their chance.

He added:“Last sea­son I started as one of the young boys, but by the end I played a lot of games for the first team.

“I still think of my­self as one of the young boys, but I do have that ex­tra ex­pe­ri­ence. Hope­fully I can help some of the younger play­ers – League One isn’t an easy league to play in.

“From the per­spec­tive of a young player com­ing from the un­der-20s, it’s not the kind of sit­u­a­tion you want to be in, but it gives you a chance to break into the plans of a new man­ager.

“It’s not per­fect but hope­fully ev­ery­one grabs their chance.”

Sum­mer blues Sean McIntosh

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