Pre-sea­son fix­tures are an­nounced

Rutherglen Reformer - - House & Home -

Clyde man­ager Barry Fer­gu­son has con­firmed his team’s pre-sea­son sched­ule ahead of the 2016/17 cam­paign which in­cludes a training camp in Jersey.

The first training ses­sion of the sum­mer will take place on June 21, be­fore the squad travel to Jersey on June 23. In­cluded in the five-day visit to the Chan­nel Is­land will be an open training ses­sion on Saturday, June 25, for any fans of The Bully Wee in­tend­ing to travel.

After re­turn­ing from Jersey, the training sched­ule will con­tinue, with three friendly matches also con­firmed; Saturday, July 2, against Air­drie, Tuesday, July 5, against Dun­fermline Ath­letic and Saturday, July 9, against a Celtic XI. All of those matches will take place at Broad­wood and will be open to the pub­lic.

The first com­pet­i­tive match, in the newly for­mat­ted Bet­fred Cup, will take place on Saturday, July 16 against Kil­marnock. The Ladbrokes League Two sea­son will be­gin on Saturday, Au­gust 6.

Speak­ing to the club web­site, Fer­gu­son said:“The trip to Jersey gives us the best pos­si­ble op­por­tu­nity to fully pre­pare for the sea­son ahead.

“It’ll be a de­mand­ing five days for the squad, with ev­ery day be­ing used for dou­ble training ses­sions, which at that stage is the best way for us to pre­pare for the friendly matches to fol­low.

“We’ll wel­come any sup­port­ers that are in Jersey to watch our Saturday ses­sion and have a close-up look at how we work.

“It’s a huge ad­van­tage to get the full group away to­gether early in the sum­mer.

“Our chief ex­ec­u­tive, David Dou­glas, has played a big part in or­gan­is­ing it and, along­side David, I’ll also be tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to carry out some men­tal health char­ity work while we are there.

“Pre-sea­son is the most im­por­tant part of the sea­son in my opin­ion and we’re mak­ing ev­ery ef­fort to get the prepa­ra­tions right.

“It’s mas­sive for the play­ers and mas­sive for me.

“The changes to the League Cup for­mat and the ear­lier start to the sea­son mean that we have to get as much as pos­si­ble done at an early stage.

“We’ll be us­ing the League Cup as part of our pre-sea­son sched­ule and we’ll make sure that ev­ery­one is at 100 per cent be­fore the League Two cam­paign be­gins, that’s our bread and but­ter.”

Fix­tures Clyde boss Barry Fer­gu­son

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