Glens sign agreement with Croftfoot United
Rutherglen Glencairn are set to sign an agreement with a local development outfit to further enhance their youth system.
The New Southcroft club will take Croftfoot United under their wing to give promising players a route into the junior game.
Under the agreement, United’s youth sides will play as ‘Rutherglen Glencairn’.
Glens have already enjoyed massive success with their under-21 squad, with the likes of Del Esplin, Ross McNeil and Jonathan Boal all going on to the first team in the five years since it was created.
This the latest move will see players as young as 10 have access to their expertise.
The opportunity to link up with a club which was formed in 1895 was too good to turn down for United founder and chairperson Robert Fox.
In a statement released last week on the Glencairn website, Robert said: “It goes without saying that this is a majorly exciting time for the club and puts an immediate infrastructure in place giving all boys a strong pathway to junior football.
“To join a club with over 100 years of history is nothing short of pure brilliance and I thoroughly look forward to working with the first team manager Willie Harvey and the committee of Rutherglen Glencairn FC.”
Willie Harvey said: “We are pleased to confirm that we have an agreement with Croftfoot United which will provide the club with a full youth system that will hopefully develop players and families with an identity and love for Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club. We want to move forward and include the local community at every level of the club.”
Afterwards Robert told the Reformer: “The big name attracted me and the discussions with the first-team manager Willie Harvey about our vision for the future.
“The Rutherglen Glencairn (name) is a giant in the junior game. I was flabbergasted that they didn’t have a youth set-up.”
Robert formed United when he was just 16.
He said: “In the local area, there were no football teams. My old manager invited me down to help take training sessions and I decided then to stop playing and start coaching. It all just blossomed from there.
“I set out to create one team in Croftfoot, not the eight or nine that we currently have.”
But not everybody is pleased about United giving up their name. Robert explained: “That was the toughest thing, giving up the name after building it up from nothing.
“People have been saying that we have taken the only club out of Croftfoot again, which is true, but I have dedicated 10 years of my life to it. I am 25 now and I’m not sure how much more I will be able to give. At least now I know that there is a structure in place.”
Young guns Glencairn have already enjoyed success with their under-21 squad. They will now hope for more of the same as they enter into an agreement with Croftfoot United.