Rescheduled fixture frustrates Glencairn squad
Players’weekend away is cancelled
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