Muir and Berry exit the Ham­p­den fold

Spi­ders boss Gus dis­ap­pointed with the losses

Rutherglen Reformer - - House & Home - Mur­ray Spooner

Queen’s Park have con­firmed that goal­keeper Wul­lie Muir has left the club to join fel­low Ladbrokes League One side East Fife.

The 23 year old played nearly ev­ery sin­gle minute of the Spi­ders’ 2015/16 cam­paign and was part of the best de­fence in the di­vi­sion.

He kept an im­pres­sive record of 12 clean sheets and joins The Fifers with his gaffer’s best wishes.

Queen’s Park man­ager Gus MacPherson told the Re­former: “Wul­lie is away to East Fife and Vin­nie Berry is at Sten­house­muir but that’s the na­ture of Queen’s Park.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing to lose them as we hoped, with pro­mo­tion, that we would be able to keep ev­ery­one but all the play­ers leave with our best wishes.

“Chris Dug­gan is away to East Fife as well so these are play­ers who we will meet again this sea­son.

“We didn’t have the big­gest squad and I don’t think Wul­lie missed a sin­gle game for us last sea­son.

“Vin­nie came in from the ju­nior ranks and made a real dif­fer­ence but we know we have play­ers who can step up to the plate this year.”

MacPherson also con­firmed Conor O’Boyle, Ryan Hynes and James Baty have left the club.

The Spi­ders boss is now look­ing for­ward to en­ter­tain­ing former club Queen of the South at Ham­p­den Park in his first com­pet­i­tive game as a league one boss in the Bet­fred Cup.

MacPherson man­aged the team at Palmer­ston Park dur­ing sea­son 201112.

And now his side will play The Doon­hamers at home on July 16 be­fore trav­el­ling to Sten­house­muir on July 19.

MacPherson will then take his side to Air­drieo­ni­ans’ Ex­cel­sior Sta­dium on July 26, be­fore an in­trigu­ing fi­nal game against Pre­mier­ship op­po­si­tion in Partick This­tle on July 30.

The gaffer added: “They are some ex­cit­ing games and the SFA are try­ing to freshen things up. I think it’s good for all the clubs.

“You can see we’ve got a Glas­gow derby against Partick and against other teams in our di­vi­sion.

“We will look to com­pete and of course there will be some fresh faces that will come into the team.

“These are games we will be look­ing for­ward to.

“There has been a lot of changes since my time there (at Queen of the South) but that is our first game against Cham­pi­onship op­po­si­tion and will be a game that will help us pre­pare for the league cam­paign.

“Away to Partick will be a tough game away from home but the games be­fore that will be good for the sea­son’s prepa­ra­tion and get the play­ers game time.

“We’ll try, within the league cup and friendlies to utilise each of the play­ers in the team.”

Queen’s Park are likely to an­nounce their list of pre-sea­son friendlies later this week and news of sign­ings will fol­low next month.

Exit door Queen’s Park say good­bye to ‘keeper Wul­lie Muir

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