Livi away in draw
Cup holders for Bully Wee
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