Bully Wee must do it over again

Fer­gu­son happy to see im­proved dis­play

Rutherglen Reformer - - Clyde -

Clyde boss Barry Fer­gu­son praised the per­for­mance of Jor­dan McMil­lan in the Scot­tish Cup af­ter he made his re­turn fol­low­ing a twoyear drugs ban.

The 28-year-old was a class act in a match that saw Clyde’s Peter Mac­Don­ald and Stir­ling’s Dy­lan Bikey net dou­bles to take the tie to a re­play.

De­fender McMil­lan is re­build­ing his ca­reer af­ter traces of co­caine were found in his sam­ple af­ter Partick This­tle’s match at Celtic in De­cem­ber 2014.

Fer­gu­son said: “Jor­dan has signed for us short term but he should be play­ing three lev­els above. I’ve no doubt about that.

“That’s his first game in two years and he looked like he’d never been away.

“He was ex­cel­lent and the sit­u­a­tion is, if some­body comes in with a full-time op­tion I’m not go­ing to stand in his way.

“His at­ti­tude and pro­fes­sion­al­ism has been un­be­liev­able. And it’s rubbed off on some of our guys.”

Clyde will host Stir­ling in a fourth round re­play at Broad­wood on Tues­day next week af­ter an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance at Forth­bank.

Fer­gu­son made three changes to the team fol­low­ing a league de­feat to The Bi­nos a fort­night ago, with short- term sign­ing McMil­lan, John Gib­son and Chris Smith com­ing in for Michael Oliver, Brett Long and the in­jured Scott Lin­ton.

A fairly even first half ended with a 1-1 score­line fol­low­ing two good goals.

The home side took an early lead when the dan­ger­ous Bikey man­aged to es­cape Ross Perry on the left wing and, af­ter cut­ting in­side, his slightly de­flected shot found the bot­tom cor­ner of the net.

How­ever, Clyde’s workrate was clear to see and a well-de­served equaliser came af­ter 24 min­utes, when David Gorm­ley did well to find Peter Mac­Don­ald with a dis­guised pass and The Bully Wee’s top scorer made no mis­take, beat­ing Cammy Bin­nie from the edge of the box.

On 62 min­utes, Mac­Don­ald sparked a big cel­e­bra­tion amongst the away sup­port when, fol­low­ing a ball into the box, Sean Hig­gins set him up and he smashed a low shot into the far cor­ner of the net for his 16th goal of the sea­son.

With 76 min­utes on the clock, there was a ma­jor turn­ing point when Mac­Don­ald was brought down by Bin­nie and the ref­eree awarded a penalty af­ter re­ceiv­ing ad­vice from the as­sis­tant ref­eree. Mac­Don­ald took the spot-kick, but Bin­nie pro­duced a fine save to push the ball out for a cor­ner.

The miss proved to be costly as Bikey pun­ished Clyde once more. He pounced on a loose ball in the box and gave John Gib­son no chance to make it 2-2 with only a few min­utes left to play.

Fer­gu­son said: “I was de­lighted with the at­ti­tude of the play­ers – that was more like us. That’s the level they are ca­pa­ble of play­ing at.”

Back Jor­dan McMil­lan, once of Partick, failed a drugs test in 2014

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