Resched­uled fix­ture frus­trates Glen­cairn squad

Play­ers’week­end away is can­celled

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reader Travel - Kenny Smith

Glen­cairn play­ers are fum­ing this week after learn­ing they have been given a league fix­ture - when they’d planned their Christ­mas party.

The side were pre­vi­ously told by the SJFA that they would have no fix­ture on De­cem­ber 13, so the play­ers booked a week­end away.

How­ever, they were not im­pressed on Sun­day night when they were told that they would be trav­el­ling to face Kil­syth Rangers on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Boss Wil­lie Har­vey said: “We’ve been given a game against Kil­syth this Satur­day - which is frus­trat­ing as we’d booked our Christ­mas night out and a week­end away, but that’s had to change now.

“Our boys are los­ing money out of this, and will be out of pocket be­cause the league did this.

“We’ve been to the league to ask for a change, but they are not for chang­ing.

“Un­for­tu­nately, there doesn’t seem to be any common sense over this.

“The guys aren’t happy, and you can un­der­stand why, but we’ve got to play the game.

“Who knows - maybe it will be post­poned be­cause of the way the weather is now?”

How­ever, although his play­ers are not happy with the league’s decision, they will still be there to make the trip into North La­nark­shire.

Wil­lie said:” Some­thing that has never been a prob­lem here is our at­ti­tude. We will go into this game as we would with any other.

“The boys aren’t happy but they’re pro­fes­sional in their at­ti­tude and will be pre­pared for this game.

“I should have a good squad to choose from, which is great - I’m more than happy with the at­ti­tude of the boys.”

Although the Glens had no game on Satu­day, they took ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion to give some of their play­ers the chance to get some much­needed game time.

Wil­lie ex­plained: “We were lucky enough that Partick This­tle were look­ing for a game for their youth team, so we played them in a friendly at To­ry­glen.

“They are a very, very good young team, and it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for us to have a work­out against full- time lads.

“Every­body ben­e­fited from it, and ev­ery­one got at least 60 min­utes.

“The game fin­ished 1-1, and it was great for us as we were able to give some of our play­ers a good run- out, guys who have been out with long-term in­juries, like De­nis McLaugh­lin and get Laith Al Naeme some game time.

“With each game De­nis plays,you can see him get­ting sharper and fit­ter, and he’ll be get­ting his shoot­ing boots back on.

“It won’t be long till he’s back to full fit­ness, and back to do­ing what he does best up front - bang­ing the goals in”

Friendly Glen­cairn boss Wil­lie Har­vey en­joyed his side’s 1-1 draw with Partick This­tle

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