Livi away in draw

Cup hold­ers for Bully Wee

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motoring Guide - John Gorrod

Clyde will need to de­throne the cur­rent Petro­fac Train­ing Cup hold­ers to progress in this sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tion.

The Bully Wee were drawn away to Cham­pi­onship side Liv­ingston and the tie will take place on the week­end of July 25.

Whereas Clyde lost 8-1 to Rangers in the sec­ond round last sea­son, The Lions de­feated Hearts 4-1 en route to a thump­ing 4-0 win over Al­loa in the fi­nal.

But, de­spite the odds be­ing stacked firmly against them, Barry Fer­gu­son’s men will ex­pect to make a bet­ter fist of it this time.

No fewer than nine play­ers, sev­eral of whom have ex­pe­ri­ence at a higher level, have signed for the Broad­wood Sta­dium side.

Sean Higgins played at Cow­den­beath last cam­paign and ex­plained his de­ci­sion to drop down two di­vi­sions.

Speak­ing to the of­fi­cial Clyde web­site, he said: “From the first time I met the gaffer, ev­ery­thing was pos­i­tive. I had al­ready heard that his train­ing was re­ally good from other play­ers and I also just want to en­joy football again.”

He con­tin­ued: “Com­pared to some of the other clubs I have been at, the pro­fes­sion­al­ism here is fright­en­ing and that is the way it should be. I think when things are as pro­fes­sional as that, as a player you nat­u­rally tend to give a bit more back.

“Even things like the pro­tein shakes, the kit be­ing sized for each player, the ice baths af­ter train­ing and of course the train­ing it­self. We have only had one night of train­ing but I am al­ready re­ally look­ing for­ward to the sea­son ahead.”

Higgins was quick to dis­miss any no­tion that the ‘new sign­ings, new dawn’ for­mula will work im­me­di­ately. He said: “A lot of peo­ple will look at the boys we have signed and fancy Clyde to do well, but I was at Dundee when we signed a lot of play­ers and ev­ery­one fan­cied us but we took a while to gel and ended up fall­ing way short.

“So it is not a given that we will do well this sea­son, but we are con­fi­dent that if we have a good pre-sea­son and get off to a good start then we can be suc­cess­ful.”

New ar­rival Sean Higgins (left) has signed for Clyde

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