Glen­cairn will be ready for kick-off

Har­vey says tired­ness will not be a prob­lem

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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