Ham­p­den daze for Docherty

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For­mer Glen­cairn star Ryan Docherty de­scribed walk­ing out at Ham­p­den Park as‘a bit bizarre’but was de­lighted to have com­pleted his move to Queen’s Park.

The 30-year-old de­fender left the Cel­sius Sta­dium out­fit at the end of the sea­son to join up with Spi­ders boss Gus MacPher­son in the SPFL League One.

Se­lected as the start­ing cen­tre-half for the club’s open­ing Bet­fred Cup group game against Mother­well, Ryan ad­mit­ted he wasn’t ner­vous at tak­ing the step up to se­nior level.

And al­though the 5-1 de­feat, which was broad­casted live on BT Sport, was dis­ap­point­ing to take, the for­mer Glens man says he is look­ing for­ward to his first sea­son at Queen’s.

He told the Re­former: “It is a bit bizarre. My last game was away at Cum­ber­nauld on a wet and rainy Mon­day night and then I was play­ing in front of BT on Satur­day.

“Satur­day was a huge jump, it was a bit sur­real but it was ex­cit­ing. I just wanted to get out there

and play. We com­peted well in the first half. They had a lot of the ball and you’d ex­pect that from a full-time team play­ing in the Premier­ship.

“Go­ing into the sec­ond half, I played a part in their sec­ond goal, I had a mix-up with one of the other boys but you need to stay pos­i­tive and kick on.”

Ryan moved to Dundee United aged 17 and played for the Tan­ger­ines for two sea­sons be­fore an in­jury set­back.

Ju­nior side La­nark United came call­ing be­fore a stint at Les­ma­hagow led Glens boss Wil­lie Harvey to snap up the de­fender for a sea­son and a half.

Cly­de­bank and Kil­syth Rangers were keen to nab Ryan’s sig­na­ture for next sea­son but the lure of se­nior foot­ball and play­ing at Ham­p­den was too much to turn down.

“They had been watch­ing me for a while,”he said.“We [Glen­cairn] had a good end to the sea­son from about Christ­mas so we fin­ished re­ally well.

“Then they [Queen’s} in­vited me in for pre-sea­son and a few pre-sea­son games and of­fered me a deal.

“It’s a big tran­si­tion, you need to get used to the new play­ers and how they play.”

Box­ing­date

A date has been con­firmed for Castlemilk boxer Ross Mur­ray’s next fight.

The 35-year-old fly­weight will pre­pare for a pos­si­ble ti­tle show­down next sea­son by en­ter­ing the ring on Septem­ber 15 at the Crown Plaza in Glas­gow.

Ross, who is await­ing the news of his op­po­nent, told the Re­former pre­vi­ously he was hop­ing to com­pete in an eight-round fight which will en­able him to qual­ify and fight for a ti­tle.

He re­cently de­feated Hun­gary’s Gyula Dodu to ex­tend his un­beaten run to six straight wins.

The six-round fight how­ever, was changed from an eight late on to put him a bout be­hind in his quest for a belt.

Tick­ets are avail­able from Ross or by email­ing info@ mtkscot­land.com

Open­woes

For­mer Cam­bus­lang man Marc War­ren fin­ished 77th on the leader­board and failed to make the cut for the Scot­tish Open.

The 36-year-old scored par with two rounds of a score of 72 in the event even­tu­ally won by Spa­niard Rafa Cabr­era Bello.

Mean­while, Cathkin Braes golfer Scott Jamieson was an­other Scot who had a dis­ap­point­ing time at Dun­don­ald Links. He fin­ished +5 af­ter scor­ing 76 and 73 in his two rounds.

There were three places at The Open at Royal Birk­dale avail­able for the top three play­ers who were not al­ready ex­empt as long as they fin­ished in the top 10.

Cal­lum Shinkwin claimed one of them with the other two go­ing to Matthieu Pavon and An­drew Dodt.

Step-up Ryan Docherty

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