Gaffer fuming at ‘disgraceful’ loss
Willie slams players after defeat
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.”
Glencairn lost to the Vics