Moan the Glens

Har­vey happy to hear com­plaints

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime Extra - Dou­glas Dickie

Wil­lie Har­vey reck­ons he’s got a team of moan­ers on his hands – and he couldn’t be hap­pier.

The Glen­cairn gaffer brought Tony Fraser back to New Southcroft this week, and he knows the rest of the squad bet­ter get used to hear­ing his voice.

Ver­sa­tile Fraser was a star of the dou­blepro­mo­tion win­ning team of a few years ago, and scored the win­ning goal in the 2007 sec­tional League Cup fi­nal against Port Glas­gow.

But as well as bring­ing foot­balling pedi­gree, Wil­lie knows Tony will also bring a fierce de­sire to win.

He said: “Tony is a talker, a moaner and a greeter.

“We had that very dis­cus­sion last night. I don’t want a team who are all pals with each other on the park, I want a team full of moan­ers, I want then to be on each other’s back, al­ways get­ting the best out of each other.

“We’ve also got Paul Doyle, Adam Ni­sanci and Mark Batch­e­lor, play­ers who will let oth­ers know if they are not happy.”

Wil­lie also moved this week to strengthen the goal­keeper po­si­tion.

Robert Kerr has signed from Auchin­leck Tal­bot af­ter a lengthy chase for the stop­per who played un­der Wil­lie at Blan­tyre Vics.

While JC Hutchi­son es­tab­lished him­self as the num­ber one, Wil­lie felt a lack of com­pe­ti­tion led to a drop in form to­wards the end of last sea­son.

As a goal­keeper him­self, Wil­lie knows how im­por­tant keep­ing your stop­pers on their toes can be for a side.

He said: “We have al­ways kept our eye on Robert and last year we no­ticed he was un­der­study at Auchin­leck.

“He wanted to give it another year but told us if he didn’t get the jersey we would be in with a shout.

“He’s more than ca­pa­ble of get­ting the gloves, he’s not com­ing here to sit on the bench. He’s a very good goal­keeper. Even be­ing un­der­study at Auchin­leck, to the best ju­nior ‘keeper in the coun­try, you know you could be thrown into a Scot­tish Cup fi­nal.

“This isn’t a re­flec­tion on Hutchy. He will ad­mit him­self his stan­dards slipped to­wards the end of last sea­son, but that was be­cause he was un­der no pres­sure.

“Now he knows he won’t al­ways be first choice he needs to turn it on all the time.

“To be fair, he’s al­ready done that, he’s come back to pre-sea­son in bet­ter shape than last year, has lost a bit of weight and he’s look­ing good.

“It is dif­fi­cult to keep goal­keep­ers happy.

“Some­times you can bring a guy in who knows he’s go­ing to be on the bench and he’s happy with that, but I don’t want that type of player.

“Com­ing to­wards the end of a sea­son, your goal­keeper can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween a 1-1 or a 1-0 win.”

Glens will get their pre- sea­son sched­ule un­der­way this Satur­day when Hurl­ford make the trip from Ayr­shire.

How­ever, a prob­lem with the Glens trac­tor means the game will now take place at the To­ry­glen Re­gional Football Cen­tre with a 2pm kick-off.

Moaner Wil­lie Har­vey is happy for his play­ers to have a moan

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