Glens squad is still a work in progress

But Wil­lie happy with di­rec­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - Football - Dou­glas Dickie

Wil­lie Harvey reck­ons his Glen­cairn squad for this sea­son is still a work in progress.

Glens rounded off their sec­tional league cup campaign with a rou­tine 4-0 vic­tory over Vale of Clyde on Satur­day.

That left them un­beaten af­ter four games, but still sec­ond in the group be­hind Blan­tyre Vics.

While dis­ap­pointed to not make the quar­ter-fi­nal stage, Wil­lie was happy with the way things went as Glens get ready to kick off their league campaign this Satur­day at Largs This­tle.

He said: “It’s still hard to tell where we are be­cause we’re not quite back to full strength yet.

“We’re start­ing to see an im­prove­ment and that’s all you can ask for. With all the in­juries and play­ers away we’ve had we ac­cepted the sec­tional was about keep­ing the play­ers sharp and get­ting the game time and ready for Satur­day, and if we won the sec­tion, then so be it.

“The re­sult against East Kil­bride was what ended our chances, but well done to Blan­tyre who got the job done.

“Boys are re­turn­ing from hol­i­day and the num­ber of bod­ies at train­ing is start­ing to go up.

“You’re dis­ap­pointed to go out of any cup but we’ve had pos­i­tives from this.

“On Satur­day we had the likes of Mark Bishop back and it was an­other full, 90 min­utes of com­pet­i­tive foot­ball un­der our belts.

“Last sea­son we lost to Blan­tyre, Cam­bus­lang and Vale of Clyde so that’s an im­prove­ment on last year right away.

“I don’t know how to ex­plain it, there’s a lot of pos­i­tives to take and we’re still un­beaten in com­pet­i­tive games.”

Wil­lie hailed the win over Vale as Glens’ best per­for­mance of the sea­son.

Af­ter open­ing with two draws, the Ruther­glen men have now won their last two com­pet­i­tive games with a 3-1 friendly de­feat at Larkhall last week the only blot on the copy book.

Wil­lie said: “Vale is the best we’ve played so far.

“We looked a bit more like our­selves, we were just more up for the game.

“We’re start­ing to see the fit­ness lev­els com­ing back. I keep telling the play­ers you can have the best team but if you aren’t fit you won’t win any­thing.

“It’s one thing peo­ple have com­pli­mented us on in the past. We want to get the lev­els up but it’s still a work in progress as we hope to hit the ground run­ning against Largs on Satur­day.”

Wil­lie is also hop­ing to add a striker and de­fender to the squad in the next few days.

Both played as tri­al­ists at the week­end, with the for­ward notch­ing two goals and both im­press­ing. But some is­sues with reg­is­tra­tion need to be cleared up be­fore they can make the move of­fi­cial.

Wil­lie said: “They signed with an am­a­teur club but they are still reg­is­tered as pro­fes­sion­als.

“I’m not sure how it works, but ev­ery­thing has been agreed and we should get the go ahead next week.”

De­nied Thomas Kil­martin al­most gives Glen­cairn the lead

Re­turn Glens de­fender Mark Bishop was back in ac­tion

Work­ing Wil­lie Harvey

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