Glens on the brink

Ruther­glen men have pro­mo­tion in sight

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Glen­cairn fans and play­ers are start­ing to be­lieve the im­pos­si­ble might be­come the pos­si­ble af­ter they moved sec­ond in the league ta­ble on Satur­day.

Just two months ago the Ruther­glen men were ner­vously look­ing over their shoul­der at the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

But an in­cred­i­ble run of nine wins in 10 games has en­sured au­to­matic pro­mo­tion is a dis­tinct pos­si­bil­ity.

Their lat­est vic­tory came at strug­gling Irvine Vic­to­ria where Jay McKay net­ted the only goal.

Mackay had ac­tu­ally been due to fly out on hol­i­day that morn­ing but per­suaded his girl­friend to change flights so he could play the open­ing hour of the match.

Glens play tonight at Mary­hill be­fore their fi­nal home league match of the sea­son on Satur­day to pro­mo­tion ri­vals Irvine Meadow.

And boss Wil­lie Har­vey is hop­ing for a bumper crowd to help the team out.

He said: “It would be great if the peo­ple of Ruther­glen came out for us. You can see in the dress­ing room, ev­ery­one is on a high and the at­mos­phere is great.

“You get the feel­ing the play­ers are start­ing to be­lieve. Some­times maybe it has just been the coach­ing staff who be­lieved. “We have a big game on Wed­nes­day and if we win that it will be a huge game on Satur­day. Irvine Meadow are one of the teams fight­ing for pro­mo­tion that we can have an im­pact on. The prob­lem we have is it still isn’t in our hands and we still need some help.

“But if we can get to 49 points it will be a big ask for ev­ery­one to catch us. These teams still have to play each other as well so we could do with a few draws.”

Wil­lie reck­ons the feel-good fac­tor at the Cel­sius Sta­dium right now was epit­o­mised by goalscorer McKay.

As well as chang­ing his flight out so he could play on Satur­day, he also switched the re­turn jour­ney so he is avail­able for tonight’s game.

“It’s one of those sto­ries that re­ally makes the head­lines,” Har­vey said.

“OK, we had to take him off af­ter 60 min­utes so he could catch his flight but he’s also changed the re­turn flight. “It just shows you the at­ti­tude right now. In years gone by the play­ers wouldn’t have done that.”

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Cel­e­bra­tions Glen­cairn are on the verge of some­thing spe­cial

Be­lief Wil­lie Har­vey reck­ons his Glen­cairn play­ers now be­lieve they can get pro­moted

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