Wil­lie chal­lenges his stand-in stars

Harvey wants com­pe­ti­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Kenny Smith

Glen­cairn man­ager Wil­lie Harvey has chal­lenged his play­ers to use the sec­tional league cup to force their way into his plans for the league sea­son.

The side has been rav­aged in re­cent weeks with in­juries and peo­ple on hol­i­day, lead­ing to a num­ber of play­ers from the club’s un­der-21s be­ing pro­moted into the first team.

And af­ter giv­ing them a roast­ing fol­low­ing their 1-1 draw with East Kil­bride This­tle, he was de­lighted to see the play­ers step up to the plate for the lo­cal derby clash with Cam­bus­lang Rangers.

Wil­lie said: “Con­sid­er­ing at this time of year we have so many play­ers miss­ing, I can’t fault them for their at­ti­tude.

“That said, I did fault them for the way we played against East Kil­bride and got a draw, but they turned it around for Satur­day in the Cam­bus­lang game.

“I thought East Kil­bride played very well against us - I’m tak­ing noth­ing away from them, as they could maybe have won the game and their at­ti­tude was ex­cel­lent on the day. It’s just what you would ex­pect from an Alan Ward­law team.

“My con­cern was about how much our play­ers ac­tu­ally wanted it.

“We had five un­der-21s in the team on Wed­nes­day.

“We had a con­ver­sa­tion af­ter the EK game. We were putting fingers in the facts, and ask­ing if they felt they thought they were bet­ter than the play­ers who were miss­ing.

“I want them to be able to show me what they’ve got, so that when ev­ery­one re­turns, they can show that they’re worth stay­ing in the team and keep­ing the jer­sey.

“I didn’t think we saw enough of that on Wed­nes­day, and there was a huge change when Satur­day came round.

“B e f o re the game at Cam­bus­lang I chal­lenged them to show me they should ce­ment the po­si­tions for them­selves, to show me, and prove to me, that they are good enough to stay in the team.

“We re­ally need that fight­ing at­ti­tude as I don’t want them to make it easy for me when it comes to pick­ing the team - I want them to be push­ing hard, all the time.”

The Glens fought back from a goal down to see of the nine men of Cam­bus­lang Rangers at Somervell Park on Satur­day.

Wil­lie said: “On Wed­nes­day, I was wor­ried that we didn’t look fit on the park, and that’s a con­cern as we are always one of the fittest sides in our di­vi­sion.

“I was pleased to see a to­tal change for Satur­day, and felt we played quite well.”

While his Cam­bus­lang coun­ter­parts were un­happy with the whistler’s per­for­mance, Wil­lie was un­will­ing to be drawn into the ar­gu­ment.

He added: “Go­ing through the sea­son, I don’t like to slate the ref­er­ees.

“They’ve got a hard enough job to do with­out me tak­ing a pop at them.

“I don’t think the ref­eree on Satur­day was any worse for one team than the other.”

Pre­sen­ta­tion Glen­cairn cap­tain Ross Bal­lan­tyne re­ceives the cup from Cam­bus­lang Rangers chair­man Billy Miller

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