Gints des­per­ate to prove Medda are in a dif­fer­ent league af­ter strong start

Evening Times - - SPORT - By JIM O’DON­NELL

THERE’S a mis­con­cep­tion among Irvine Meadow sup­port­ers that nor­mal ser­vice has re­sumed and the cri­sis is over.

Some might think it an un­der­stand­able one in light of new man­ager Brian McGinty hav­ing over­seen two mas­sive cup wins in his three games at the helm that pre­ceded the some­what un­lucky reign of Ross Wil­son, stretch­ing over 13 com­pet­i­tive out­ings and which hith­erto yielded up a mere hand­ful of vic­to­ries over 90 min­utes.

There is no deny­ing the twin ap­point­ments of Gints and his No.2 Ste­vie Aitchi­son (both for­mer Medda play­ers) ap­pear to have lifted morale on the ter­races as well as out on the pitch, how­ever the soon-to-be 41-year-old boss wants to play down the ex­pec­ta­tions of any fol­low­ers think­ing the good times are on the way back.

Speak­ing in the af­ter­math of the 3-2 West of Scot­land Cup vic­tory over derby ri­vals Kil­win­ning Rangers, the East Kil­bride-based gaffer in­sisted: “It’s a great feel­ing to have com­peted so well against a cou­ple of tough op­po­nents and still be go­ing strong in the main Cup com­pe­ti­tions but truth is both Ste­vie and I have our sights trained on other aims.

“We be­lieve a club of Irvine Meadow’s stature in the game has to be play­ing at the very top Ju­nior level – the Su­per Pre­mier Di­vi­sion – which maybe ex­plains our dis­ap­point­ment over two points be­ing dropped in the 2-2 draw with Cum­ber­nauld United that was sand­wiched be­tween the two Cup ties.

“League re­con­struc­tion at the end of this sea­son means a top-six fin­ish will get us into the pro­mo­tion reck­on­ing, but we have a lot of ground to make up if we are to get there so putting points on the board par­tic­u­larly against those teams in and around us in the ta­ble is a ne­ces­sity.

“Kello Rovers com­ing to Meadow Park in the league this week is there­fore huge for us and is shap­ing as a must­win game.”

FIVE changes were made to Medda’s start­ing lineup for the trip to Kil­win­ning and McGinty re­fuses to rule out fur­ther tweaks ahead of fac­ing Kello.

He said: “Ste­vie and I al­ways felt there was a nu­cleus of a team here and we promised from day one to give play­ers a chance to im­press and they have grabbed it with both hands not least of all against Kil­win­ning when the guys brought into the team were ex­cel­lent.

“Those changes were made be­cause we wanted to set our stall out to play in a cer­tain way but Kello rep­re­sent a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge so we may want to tweak things again this week.

“What is en­cour­ag­ing is the pos­i­tiv­ity shown in our three games up to now but no­body should be get­ting car­ried away be­cause our promis­ing start can eas­ily be un­done by think­ing we are now the fin­ished ar­ti­cle.

“As far as I’m con­cerned the hon­ey­moon is now over and the real hard graft is about to be­gin with four home league games be­tween now and Christ­mas as well as our Scot­tish Cup trek to face Dyce.”

IN other Su­per First Di­vi­sion con­tests , table­top­pers Peter­shill will be out to make amends for their sur­prise week­end de­feat at the hands of Whitletts Vics by stretch­ing their un­beaten league record to 10 games when tak­ing to the road to face Kil­syth Rangers.

Sec­ond-placed Cam­bus­lang Rangers will not find it easy to stay on the Peasy coat-tails against an im­prov­ing Troon down at Port­land Park but an even tougher gig awaits third placed Ren­frew in head­ing through to take on a Larkhall This­tle side that ran out 4-1 win­ners in the West of Scot­land Cup clash be­tween the clubs on Satur­day.

Mean­while, St Rochs have re­vealed a will­ing­ness to lis­ten to of­fers for bustling front man Babou­carr Mussa placed on the trans­fer list at his own re­quest af­ter his fail­ure to hold down a reg­u­lar jersey has led to him sub­mit­ting a trans­fer re­quest.

new irvine Meadow man­ager Brian McGinty got off to a flying start with two cup wins in his first three fix­tures at the club

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