Road trip to capital
Edinburgh City in first round
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.