Forced to play wait­ing game

Tough for gaffer Gus to muster squad

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime Extra - Will Hen­shaw

Queen’s Park boss Gus MacPher­son ad­mits he has yet to as­sess his full squad so far dur­ing this pre-sea­son.

There have been nu­mer­ous play­ers join­ing up and leav­ing the squad, and although prepa­ra­tions for next sea­son are well un­der way, Gus has yet to get his full squad to­gether.

The Spi­ders last pre-sea­son game against Low­land League Broomhill Sports Club at Lesser Ham­p­den on Satur­day ended in a 3-1 de­feat.

Gus said: “It’s been dif­fi­cult to get the whole squad to­gether as play­ers are still on hol­i­day and there’s work com­mit­ments so right now the friendlies are from a purely fit­ness point of view.

“But that’s to be ex­pected at this level of the game and it’s just some­thing you’ve got to deal with.”

The Ham­p­den men will play Con­sett Town at Belle View Sta­dium in their next pre sea­son game this Satur­day (July 18) as part of their train­ing camp in Durham.

How­ever, Gus doesn’t ex­pect to have the ma­jor­ity of his play­ers back un­til they play Beith in a friendly on July 21.

He added: “There will still be a few on hol­i­day, how­ever we should have ev­ery­one back from the friendly against Beith. Then on the Satur­day af­ter that we’ve got our first com­pet­i­tive game against Ed­in­burgh City in the Petro­fac Cup. We’re look­ing to make a strong start and all of our play­ers should be back for that one.”

Gus had been look­ing at the ju­nior pair of Bell­shill full back Max McKee and Cly­de­bank at­tacker Ian Gold. He had asked the pair to re­main for longer with the Spi­ders dur­ing their pre-sea­son pro­gramme.

He said: “McKee picked up an in­jury and we de­cided that we wouldn’t be go­ing ahead with that. Gold is still in and we’ll make a de­ci­sion on him, I’d imag­ine later in the week.

“We will be mak­ing maybe two or three more sign­ings. I’m fairly happy with our squad size at the mo­ment, we’ve got enough so that com­pe­ti­tion for places will be strong, we’ve also been bring­ing in younger guys from the de­vel­op­ment squad for some of the pre sea­son and they’ve been do­ing well.”

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