Ruther­glen Glen­cairn may have spent this week top of the league but man­ager Wil­lie Har­vey ad­mits his team are un­der no il­lu­sions and will not be sit­ting there come the end of the sea­son.

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The Cel­sius Sta­dium boss has guided The Glens, who sit on 44 points with one game left, to the sum­mit of the Su­per First Divi­sion thanks to a run of 10 un­beaten matches in 11 games. A 0-0 draw at home to Irvine Meadow on Satur­day put a dent in the club’s am­bi­tions of claim­ing one of the two au­to­matic pro­mo­tion spots.

And five of the other sides in the league still vy­ing for at least the third place play­off spot, all have games in hand to play. Har­vey re­vealed a win at the week­end would have at least se­cured

a place in the top three but knows his play­ers could miss out on a pro­mo­tion party if other re­sults don’t go their way.

The Glens boss said:“If we had won on Satur­day that would prob­a­bly have got us third, maybe sec­ond.

“As it is, all we can do is win our next game and get to 47 points. We just need to do our job.

“We know we are in a bit of a false po­si­tion and we won’t be there by the end of the sea­son.”

Glens fans were left tear­ing their hair out as their team failed to un­lock a stub­born Irvine Meadow de­fence.

The re­sult was enough to keep the club at the top of the ta­ble for the week be­fore they travel to Shet­tle­ston’s Green­field Park tonight (Wed­nes­day) in the Cen­tral League Cup.

Com­ment­ing on Satur­day’s match, Har­vey said:“Af­ter 10 min­utes we could have been 3-0 up – that’s how quickly we were out the traps.

”You could see as the game went on we started to get ner­vous. The boys started to do things we wouldn’t nor­mally do.

“We were play­ing long balls when we should have kept pos­ses­sion.

“At half-time it was about set­tling them down and get­ting them to get the ball down and get in be­hind them.”

Irvine also needed a win to keep their pro­mo­tion hopes alive, but they did not play like a team search­ing for a win.

Har­vey added:“I was sur­prised by them.

“You could tell the way they had set up that they had come for a draw – even though they needed to win. We should have won the game.

“We didn’t take our chances and that’s been the story of our sea­son and the goal­keeper has put the shut­ters up. But I can’t com­plain, the boys have done re­ally well.”

A date has yet to be con­firmed for their last league match at Cum­ber­nauld United.

The Glens have a free week­end com­ing up but only af­ter a tough trip in the cup this evening.

Har­vey is ex­pected to rest sev­eral play­ers for the clash.

Frus­tra­tion Glens boss Wil­lie Har­vey on the touch­line

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