Bully Wee must face Lions again

League Cup draw same as Petro­fac

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drive Time Extra - John Gorrod

The fates have con­spired to hand Clyde another trip to Liv­ingston – this time in the League Cup.

Hav­ing been drawn to face Livi in the Petro­fac Train­ing Cup on July 25, the Bully Wee will travel to the Al­mond­vale Sta­dium again a week later.

And Barry Fer­gu­son’s men will at­tempt to ad­vance into the sec­ond round for the first time in four years.

Last sea­son, Clyde fell to a 2-1 in­jury­time de­feat to Cow­den­beath. In an ironic twist, the man who de­liv­ered the cross for Kyle Miller’s win­ner was Sean Higgins, who signed for Clyde last month.

But, with a strong pre-sea­son be­hind them, the Bully Wee will be hop­ing to avoid a dou­ble dose of mis­ery against Livi.

Speak­ing to the of­fi­cial club web­site af­ter a 3-1 friendly de­feat to Queen of the South, Barry said: “The first two or three matches are re­ally just about fit­ness and that was the main aim for Satur­day’s match, but the boys did re­ally well.

“As you’d ex­pect we made a lot of changes in the sec­ond half so the game broke up a bit but I was pleased with it over­all.”

In terms of pre-sea­son prepa­ra­tion, the play­ers are still at the fit­ness over football stage. Barry said: “In gen­eral, we’re still mostly in the mind­set of fit­ness at the mo­ment and we’re get­ting closer to where we want to be with that.

“That’ll be the fo­cus for another week or 10 days and then we’ll start to spend more time on for­ma­tions and the shape of the team.”

Af­ter Satur­day’s friendly against East Kil­bride at K-Park, Barry will take his men to the High­lands to play Wick Academy on July 15 and Brora Rangers three days later.

He said: “The High­land tour will prob­a­bly be the first time we start to look at the lineup and for­ma­tion in terms of what we’ll be do­ing at the start of the sea­son.”

Nine new sign­ings have ar­rived at Broad­wood Sta­dium this sum­mer and Barry re­marked: “The new boys have set­tled in straight away which has also been pleas­ing.

“I think it’s im­por­tant that the play­ers en­joy com­ing to train­ing. It’s ob­vi­ously a lot of hard work but we’re try­ing to make it en­joy­able as well.”

The Bully Wee will start their league cam­paign with a trip to Stir­ling Al­bion on Au­gust 8.

For the latest Clyde news visit the club’s of­fi­cial web­site at www.clydefc.co.uk

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