Trans­fer mar­ket hots up

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Ju­nior football

Glen­cairn and Cam­bus­lang Rangers both made am­bi­tious moves in the trans­fer mar­ket this week.

Lang have clinched the sig­na­ture of for­mer Celtic star­let Ryan Caird.

And at Glen­cairn, fans will welcome back Tony Fraser, who was a star of their back-to-back pro­mo­tion-win­ning team in 2009 and 2010.

Glens gaffer Wil­lie Har­vey in­tro­duced Tony to ju­nior football at the age of just 18, and he was de­lighted to get his man.

He said: “He brings a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence, he’s been about the place be­fore and he’s got good lead­er­ship qual­i­ties.

“I think he’s com­ing back here at the right time in his ca­reer.

“No doubt the fans will welcome him back, but that’s not why he’s com­ing back. I’ve signed him on merit, to do a cer­tain job for the way we’re go­ing to play.”

At Somervell, man­ager Paul McColl said he had no hes­i­ta­tion in bring­ing in 18-year-old Caird

The midfielder, who comes from Half­way, hit the head­lines for the wrong rea­sons last year when he was or­dered to carry out un­paid work af­ter be­ing caught with a knife in Cam­bus­lang.

Celtic ini­tially stood by the player, but his dreams of mak­ing the big time with the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons came to an end.

He spent part of last sea­son at Thorniewood, and Paul said: “He’s a good boy, he’s been train­ing hard and has been no trou­ble at all, plus he’s a very good player.

“We’ll maybe need to see how he gets on but he’s no slouch. He’s a very promis­ing player and if we didn’t snap him up I have no doubt some­one else would have.

“There’s not that many young boys at the club and it can be a big jump when you’re 18 or 19 and you’re play­ing in the youths then you go ju­nior.”

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