Glens squad set for big changes

Star men will at­tract at­ten­tion af­ter good dis­plays this sea­son

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Glen­cairn boss Wil­lie Har­vey reck­ons his squad is set to change sub­stan­tially over the sum­mer.

Glens wrap up their sea­son tonight (Wed­nes­day) when the travel to Kirk­in­til­loch Rob Roy.

Hav­ing al­ready se­cured safety, the game is a dead rub­ber as far as Glens are con­cerned, although Rob Roy are still chas­ing pro­mo­tion.

Once the game is played, at­ten­tion will turn to next sea­son and the ques­tion of who is stay­ing and who is leav­ing New Southcroft will be an­swered.

Sev­eral of Glens top per­form­ers are likely to find suit­ors among other clubs, and Wil­lie knows it could be hard to hold on to them if they re­ceive good of­fers from else­where.

He said: “I think there will be a re­build­ing of the squad over the sum­mer, some of our play­ers are cov­eted by teams in the pre­mier league. Maybe by the end of the week It’ll be clearer on who is stay­ing and who is go­ing.

“We are ob­vi­ously look­ing at other play­ers, so it will not be a one way flow of play­ers.

“I’m not go­ing to name names, but of course some of our squad will draw at­ten­tion. That’s to be ex­pected.

“If they do go, then they go with our best wishes. So far, no-one has asked or told us they are go­ing.

“Those talks will begin on Thurs­day.

“I’ve al­ready eye­balled one or two play­ers and the time has come to start talk­ing to them now we know what di­vi­sion we are go­ing to be in.”

Wil­lie said last week he felt his squad were run­ning on empty, and not much has changed in the past week.

Glens picked up two 2-2 draws with Yoker and Shet­tle­ston, but Wil­lie ad­mits the last few weeks have taken their toll on his side.

Since April 11, Glens have played eight games, and Wil­lie is un­happy with the pres­sure it has put on his play­ers.

He said: “For some rea­son, we’ve been given eight games in 24 days, and I don’t re­ally un­der­stand that.

“We’ve been play in g three games a week which is dis­grace­ful.

“It’s been typ­i­cal end of the sea­son stuff. We’re run­ning low on en­ergy, we’ve been left short on play­ers through work and in­jury.

“We’ve been strug­gling to put teams out but against Yoker and Shet­tle­ston I couldn’t fault the ef­fort or com­mit­ment which was ab­so­lutely su­perb.

“Yoker are still fight­ing to stay in the league and Shet­tle­ston are go­ing for pro­mo­tion, but we were still fight­ing as well.

“We weren’t math­e­mat­i­cally safe.

“I don’t think we were go­ing to get caught but it’s nice to make it of­fi­cial.”

Danger­ous Thomas Kil­martin was on good form all af­ter­noon

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Changes Wil­lie Har­vey

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