Spi­ders tough start in Cup to go out live

Gus ex­cited by ’Well test but it’s only preper­a­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetimeextra - Mur­ray Spooner

Gus MacPher­son says his play­ers will be ex­cited to play a Premier­ship side on live TV but ad­mit­ted the game will be used to pre­pare for the league sea­son.

Queen’s Park’s first Group F fix­ture in the Bet­fred Cup against Mother­well will be tele­vised live on BT Sports on Satur­day (3pm kick off ).

And the prospect of play­ing an es­tab­lished side in Scot­land’s top flight, with the added in­cen­tive of it be­ing played at the na­tional sta­dium, is a prospect MacPher­son’s new­est sign­ings will rel­ish.

The man­ager’s aim, how­ever, will be to test out his new-look squad and en­sure his play­ers are given the ga­me­time they need to pre­pare for an­other sea­son in League One.

He said: “Ob­vi­ously, it will be a tough test for the play­ers to play a premier league team in the first game – and it’s be­ing tele­vised which gives it an added edge.

“But, like many part-time teams, it is about pre­par­ing for the league. These games come a bit early for part-time teams and the league is the pri­or­ity but there is al­ways go­ing to be a com­pet­i­tive edge to them. It’s about see­ing who needs game-time.”

He added: “It’s one of the things you get when you come to Queen’s Park. One, you are get­ting these great fa­cil­i­ties and play­ing at the na­tional sta­dium ev­ery sec­ond week; and two, you are get­ting to play an top flight team in the first game of the cup, which is be­ing tele­vised. So that will ex­cite the play­ers. But when you come here you want to be com­pet­i­tive.”

MacPher­son also an­nounced his lat­est sign­ings along with the play­ers who have ex­tended their stay at the club. Christo­pher Duff (at­tack­ing mid­fielder), Luke Whe­lan (mid­fielder) and Kevin Green (mid­fielder) have all joined Queen’s from ju­nior side Kirk­in­til­loch Rob Roy.

Kevin’s brother, David Green (de­fender), has also signed for the sea­son from Kil­birnie Lade­side.

An­ton Brady, Sean Burns, Adam Cum­mins, David Galt, Scott Gib­son, Ewan MacPher­son, Conor McVey, Ross Millen, Billy Mor­timer, Wil­liam Muir and Bryan Whar­ton have had their con­tracts ex­tended.

Last sea­son’s cap­tain Ryan McGeever has trans­ferred to Brechin City, Jamie McKer­non has moved to Gle­nafton Ath­letic and Gavin Mitchell has also left the club.

The new ad­di­tions to the squad will find their feet on Satur­day but will have to quickly turn their at­ten­tions to Tues­day night.

MacPher­son’s Spi­ders visit Cham­pi­onship side Mor­ton and the gaffer is con­fi­dent his play­ers can han­dle the oc­ca­sion.

“It is a tough sec­tion that we’re in,” he said. “When the fixtures came out, the games against Mother­well and Mor­ton were what the play­ers were look­ing out for, with no dis­re­spect to Ed­in­burgh City or Ber­wick, it’s just that those teams are in a higher league. And Mor­ton will be an­other tough game for us.”

Clyde get their Bet­fred Cup cam­paign up and run­ning at home to An­nan Ath­letic on Satur­day, 3pm, and away to Kilmarnock on Tues­day, 7.45pm.

When you come here you want to be com­pet­i­tive

League prepa­ra­tionGus MacPher­son’s men will com­pete but will ul­ti­mately want to pre­pare for the sea­son ahead

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