Sum­mer re­build sees Glens add 7

Side move quickly to bol­ster their squad

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Dou­glas Dickie

Glen­cairn skip­per Ross Bal­lan­tyne has left New Southcroft for low­land league side Cum­ber­nauld Colts af­ter five years and 147 ap­pear­ances for the club.

But seven new sign­ings have been con­firmed this week, in­clud­ing the cap­ture of striker Chris Zok from Cum­ber­nauld.

Zok made a habit of bag­ging goals against Glens, notch­ing six in six for Cum­ber­nauld alone against the Ruther­glen men, in­clud­ing a hat-trick in the league game last Novem­ber.

As well as Paddy Cullen, who had al­ready been tied up, Mark Batch­e­lor com­pleted his move from Du­ni­pace.

Paul Doyle (de­fender) joins from Kil­syth Rangers and Adam Ni­sanci his signed up from Neil­ston.

Striker Mark Tait has made the move from Glas­gow Perthshire while de­fender Adam Shaw re­turns from Tower Heart hav­ing pre­vi­ously been part of the un­der-21 set-up at Glens. He also played eight games for the first team in sea­son 2013/14.

Glen­cairn com­mit­tee mem­ber and Re­former match cor­re­spon­dent, Peter Fer­gu­son told us: “We’re very pleased with that list, they’re all good play­ers, es­pe­cially Zok, he scored for fun against us.

“Hope­fully he’ll con­tinue with us what he used to do against us.

“We’re still in dis­cus­sions with other tar­gets as well as cur­rent play­ers.

“Ross (Bal­lan­tyne) felt he needed a new chal­lenge. He’s mov­ing to the Low­land League and we wish him all the best.”

Of the new sign­ings, Peter said: “Mark Batch­e­lor was with us briefly a few years ago and has de­vel­oped well since then. He’s now ready to take the step up to Su­per League football.

“Paul Doyle is an ex­pe­ri­enced de­fender and a good or­gan­iser who spent six years at Kil­syth and played se­nior prior to that.

“I don’t know much about Ni­sanci but he caught the eye play­ing against us last sea­son. Adam Shaw is a prod­uct of the Glen­cairn un­der-21s and played a few games for the first team the sea­son be­fore last. We’re pleased to get him back.

“Mark Tait is a lo­cal boy. He’s a goalscorer who works hard and has a few tricks up his sleeve. He won’t lack for en­thu­si­asm.”

One player seem­ingly des­tined not to be at Glen­cairn next sea­son is striker De­nis McLaugh­lin, who has been heav­ily linked with a re­turn to Arthurlie.

Glens gaffer Wil­lie Har­vey is keen to keep the hitman, es­pe­cially as Glens have stood by him while he spent two years out the game with in­jury.

But the lure of the premier league may prove too strong.

Peter said: “We’re aware of the spec­u­la­tion on De­nis McLaugh­lin and Arthurlie, but we don’t know if there’s any­thing in that or not.”

Mean­while, Glen­cairn’s gen­eral sec­re­tary, Alex Forbes re­ceived a long-ser­vice award at the SJFA AGM for 40 years of loyal ser­vice to the club.

De­par­ture Ross Bal­lan­tyre has left Glen­cairn to move to the Low­land League

Hon­oured Glens honorary pres­i­dent Alex Forbes has re­ceived an SJFA long ser­vice award

Goal men­ace Chris Zok has joined Glen­cairn

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.