Glens squad set for big changes
Star men will attract attention after good displays this season
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
Attack Glencairn’s Kris Irvine drives at the Yoker defence
Changes Willie Harvey