Glencairn will be ready for kick-off
Harvey says tiredness will not be a problem
Willie Harvey is sure his Glencairn players will be ready for the start of the competitive season on Saturday.
Glens will line up against East Kilbride in the sectional league cup after ending their preseason programme with a 4-1 friendly defeat to Beith having lost 3-2 to Irvine Meadow last Wednesday.
The Glens manager felt his side tired in the second half against Beith, but he isn’t concerned about fatigue being a factor.
He said: “Against Beith, the walls came tumbling down.
“The worst two goals were the first two, which were almost identical. They came from the same side and we didn’t cut out the cross.
“I’m not complaining too much though. The other two goals were down to tiredness. We had a couple of trialists out as well who done well but were not quite up to the pace of the game.
“If we’d won 4-1, I wouldn’t be sitting here thinking we were the greatest thing since sliced bread. It’s all about seeing how we play and see the guys coming together.
“We took these games for a reason. We’ve played some top teams. It would have been easy for us to take games against youth teams or amateur teams and get a few victories and everyone thinking we were great, but I didn’t want that.
“It’ll just be training this week. We won’t have hard sessions and we’ll be ready for Saturday.”
Glens defeat at the hands of Irvine was a very different story. The Rutherglen men twice took the lead through Mark Batchelor and Sean McGuire, but eventually lost out to a late penalty.
Willie said: “That game went really well. We took the lead, lost a goal, took the lead, lost a goal and then lost a penalty in the last minute.
“I thought that was a wee bit harsh, but I’m happy wi t h the workout and that’s all that matters.”
Glens fans will b e looking forward to getting back to competitive action this weekend when they make the short trip to East Kilbride Thistle, managed by former Cambuslang Rangers assistant manager Billy Campbell.
Tony Fraser, Dean Muir and Andy Neil are all injury doubts for the New Southcroft outfit.
But it’s a game Willie is looking forward too even if it does represent a step into the unknown: “EK have signed Mark Bishop and they got the boy Duke in from Kilsyth as goalkeeper, so they have experience.
“I don’t know a great deal about them but I’m sure Billy Campbell will have brought in a couple of players and we’re expecting a very hard match.
“They were supposed to be the whipping boys last season but they came to our place and drew 1-1. “You now know you’re in competition and we’ll see that on Saturday. The players will react
Return Brian Eadie (right) continued his comeback against Beith
Action Adam Nasanci in full flow aginst Irvine Meadow
Optimistic Boss Willie Harvey is ready