Albion gaffer aims to outdo title win
Cambuslang man Darren Young says staying in the top four of League One with Albion Rovers would be a better achievement than winning the League Two title.
The Cliftonhill player/manager reflected on his time at Rovers as the season reaches the halfway mark.
The 37-year-old was appointed boss in the summer of 2014 and has since won the League Two championship and climbed to fourth position in League One.
Rovers are only five points behind leaders Dunfermline with two games in hand but Darren, a former Cathkin High pupil, insists his team are overachieving.
He said: “It’s gone better than expected.
“If we could stay where we are and try and consolidate this topfour position then that would be possibly even better than winning the league last year.
“The remit at the start of the season was to stay in the league but from there you have your own expectations and ambitions and you want to do as well as you can.
“Hopefully, we can get one or two guys in and boost the squad for the second half of the season and obviously, with the January window coming round the corner, we’ll need to see what happens.
“If we could replicate what we’ve done in the first half of the season in the second half then it will be an unbelievable season.
“You go into the league and you’re clearly one of the smallest teams, with one of the smallest stadiums, smallest squads and smallest budgets. It obviously doesn’t help but at the same time we need to work within our means.
“We targeted guys who we felt could improve and help the squad and could join the guys who had done a job for us the year before. There’s a great team spirit, a great togetherness and everyone has kicked on and they get on really well. It’s been proven in their results.
“Once you go up a league you’re going to be coming up against guys who are better, faster and stronger and have that wee bit more about them. It’s just one of those things that you have to deal with.
“We are confident going into the new year and we are only halfway through so we’ve not done anything yet but we’re delighted with what we’ve achieved and the players have more than held their own. We’re probably unlucky to not have scored a few more goals or to a have couple more wins.”
The Rovers’ League Two success came 25 years since they last won an honour, when they finished top of the old Division Three.
The trophy win was only the club’s third honour in its 132-year history.
Darren, who has won player of the month awards, under-21 caps for Scotland and was appointed club captain at Aberdeen, admits his players are focused on working hard to cement a place in the top four of the league.
He said: “We’ve a new assistant manager in Billy Stark. He came in after Sandy Clark left and it was great for me to recruit someone who is that knowledgeable and experienced.
“We started the season playing teams in the league above in the cup and from there we lost a couple of bad goals and it maybe dented the confidence a bit. I think the boys just needed that bit of belief.
“I think the boys are enjoying it and there’s a good honesty, a good level of work rate and spirit within the team and that goes a long way.”
Albion Rovers are at home to Airdrieonians on Saturday, January 2.
Overachievers Albion Rovers are enjoying life in League One
Manager Albion boss Darren Young
Riding high Albion Rovers boss Darren Young