Gaffer fum­ing at ‘dis­grace­ful’ loss

Wil­lie slams play­ers after de­feat

Rutherglen Reformer - - Clyde - Dou­glas Dickie

Wil­lie Har­vey was in no mood to sugar- coat his feel­ings fol­low­ing Glen­cairn’s 3- 1 de­feat at Irvine Vic­to­ria on Satur­day.

The Glens gaffer was fum­ing at full-time as the Ruther­glen men strug­gled to deal with the Ayr­shire side’s di­rect tac­tics.

After start­ing the sea­son so well, Glens have now lost three of their last five games, draw­ing two, crash­ing out of the Scot­tish Cup in the process and drop­ping to sixth in the league.

He said: “I wasn’t happy when we were knocked out the Scot­tish Cup and I was even less happy on Satur­day.

“It was an ab­so­lutely dis­grace­ful per­for­mance, and the play­ers know ex­actly what I thought. It was the worst team dis­play I have seen in a long, long time, our de­fend­ing was am­a­teur­ish.

“I don’t nor­mally slate my play­ers, but the ev­i­dence was there for all to see on Satur­day. It was three punts up the park and we didn’t deal with them.”

Wil­lie reck­ons in­juries cou­pled with a loss of form at the back has been the cat­a­lyst for Glens’ poor run.

But he in­sists the side are still in a good po­si­tion and he re­mains con­fi­dent the can play their way out of their slump.

He said: “We lost Marc Rus­sell to in­jury and Mark Bishop’s form has dropped a wee bit, so the cen­tre of the park has cost us.

“But we will play our way through it. It’s not a cri­sis. I’d rather have this run of the form now, near the start of the sea­son, than later on.

“I’m sure the guys are big enough and strong enough to get through this.”

Glens de­fen­sive woes are all the more sur­pris­ing given how solid they had looked in the early part of the sea­son. In fact, they have still con­ceded just eight league goals, the sec­ond best record in the league.

How­ever, they have only scored eight, the sec­ond low­est to­tal, and Wil­lie reck­ons the sign­ing of Ross McNeil from Al­bion Rovers can help im­prove that statis­tic.

Ross’s re­turn has raised a few eye­brows, and Wil­lie has chal­lenged him to show what the se­nior ranks are miss­ing.

He said: “Two years in a row he scored 100 goals for the un­der 21s. I’m re­ally glad to see him back and I’m sure he’ll score goals again.

“It’s maybe not a big sur­prise to see him back. He went up to se­nior level and didn’t get the right op­por­tu­ni­ties, he’s not had enough game time.

“Ross is still a young lad, he’s just turned 23. He found him­self scor­ing goals but then be­ing left out for more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers who weren’t scor­ing goals and he got de­jected.

“He’s back at a club where he’s well known and well liked. I’ve told him, I’ve no doubt he could play se­nior and if he scores lots of goals then other se­nior clubs will take a look at him.

“He’s al­ready got his buzz back. He’s a character, a mouthpiece but when he was com­ing to see us he was down , but he’s al­ready got that spark about him again.”

De­feat

Glen­cairn lost to the Vics

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