Road trip to cap­i­tal

Ed­in­burgh City in first round

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motoring Guide - John Gorrod

Queen’s Park have been handed an away trip to Ed­in­burgh City in the first round of the Petro­fac Train­ing Cup.

The tie is due to take place on the week­end of July 25 and The Spi­ders will need to be wary of their lower league op­po­si­tion.

City cruised to the Low­land League ti­tle last sea­son, win­ning by 19 points, be­fore los­ing the League Two pro­mo­tion play-off semi fi­nal against Brora on pe­nal­i­ties.

And Queen’s boss Gus MacPher­son re­alises his play­ers will have to per­form well to progress. He said: “It is the first com­pet­i­tive match and it is not easy. But that is what pre-sea­son is all about - to make sure you’re ready.”

He con­tin­ued: “It will be a chal­lenge to them, com­ing up against league op­po­si­tion and they nar­rowly lost out in a play off last year.”

In last sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tion, Queen’s Park fell to a first round penalty shootout de­feat to Ber­wick Rangers and Gus is adamant that the July kick off is not taken lightly by play­ers.

He said: “No, I don’t think so. With the cup, play­ers re­alise that the sea­son has started. If you sug­gested that to the Rangers or Hibs play­ers, they would laugh in your face.”

The Ham­p­den Park side an­nounced this week that Jimmy Sin­clair has re­turned to the club as Head of Youth De­vel­op­ment.

Hav­ing played for the club on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions - the first in 1975 - Sin­clair went on to have a distin­guished ca­reer be­fore hang­ing up his boots to fo­cus on coach­ing.

Af­ter work­ing for the SFA, he was ap­pointed the Youth Academy Di­rec­tor of Rangers and will now re­place the out­go­ing David McCal­lum, who is mov­ing to the SFA.

MacPher­son re­flected: “Jimmy is one of the most ex­pe­ri­enced youth coaches about. It is a fan­tas­tic ap­point­ment for the club.”

And Club Pres­i­dent Ron Jack, speak­ing to the of­fi­cial club web­site, said: “I am in the for­tu­nate po­si­tion of hav­ing seen Jimmy play for our first team. He has a tremen­dous track record in football and we look for­ward to the fruits of his labour at our club over the com­ing years.”

Cup tie Gus MacPher­son’s side Ed­in­burgh City in the first round of the Petro­fac Train­ing Cup.

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