Summer rebuild sees Glens add 7
Side move quickly to bolster their squad
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