Glens man­ager reck­ons the ti­tle race is wide open

Rutherglen Reformer - - FOOTBALL - Colin Pater­son

Wil­lie Har­vey in­sists this sea­son’s Su­per League First Di­vi­sion line- up is the strong­est it has ever been.

The Ruther­glen Glen­cairn boss be­lieves any one of the 14 teams is ca­pa­ble of go­ing all the way.

The New Southcroft Park club be­gin their league cam­paign later this month at Blan­tyre Vics.

And Har­vey reck­ons ev­ery team will find this term a chal­lenge.

“If we can play the way I know we can, then I hope we will be there or there­abouts,” he said.

“I think any­body could win the di­vi­sion this sea­son. I’ve looked through it and don’t see any team who I think will be out of it.

“This is the hard­est our di­vi­sion has ever been in given the teams who have come up, those who have gone down and the knowl­edge of the teams from last sea­son.

“I think the teams who went out of the league were the weaker teams — and I don’t mean any dis­re­spect.

“The ones that are left were strong enough last sea­son and have added to their squads. Seven teams can leave our di­vi­sion ev­ery year.”

Har­vey has made nine new sign­ings this sum­mer.

Keeper Robert Kerr, de­fend­ers Paul Doyle and Adam Shaw, mid­field­ers Mark Batch­e­lor, Adam Ni­sanci and Tony Fraser and strik­ers Paddy Cullen, Mark Tait and Chris Zok have all put pen to pa­per.

They join a club on the rise which is de­ter­mined to go up.

“Pro­mo­tion,” replied Har­vey when asked what the ob­jec­tive for the cam­paign will be.

“I think we have a squad that can achieve it. We’ve had a big changeover and it’s the first one we’ve had in a long time We have nine new play­ers.

“We’ve used the pre-sea­son games and will use the League Cup games to gel and get ev­ery­thing ready for the start of the league.”

Glens’ first game of the sea­son at East Kil­bride This­tle was post­poned.

The Show­park sur­face wasn’t ready hav­ing been re­paired dur­ing the close sea­son — but Har­vey had sym­pa­thy for the Jags com­mit­tee.

He said: “I couldn’t be­lieve it. We were look­ing for­ward to the start of the sea­son but got the call on Fri­day to say the game was off.

“It was soul-de­stroy­ing but there was noth­ing East Kil­bride could do about it. I’m sure they did ev­ery­thing they could to get the game on.

“The dis­ap­point­ing thing is that we will have three games next week on the Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and the Satur­day, so it’s go­ing to be a big ask.

“We got told that the park was dam­aged and wasn’t ready. If we had been told ear­lier in the week, we could have ar­ranged a friendly.”

“But I’m not go­ing to say any­thing deroga­tory about the fact that it took so long to get called off. Com­mit­tees are hard-work­ing guys with day­time jobs. It’s just one of these things.”

Pro­mo­tion Wil­lie Har­vey wants Glens to go up

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