New Glencairn striker Liam Gormley admits it was a difficult decision to leave Cambuslang Rangers but is delighted to be signing with their local rivals.
The 24-year-old penned a deal at the Celsius Stadium on Friday ahead of The Glens’match at home to Kilsyth.
Gormley, who played a part in winning the Central District First Division title with the Wee Gers last season, found himself on the sidelines as boss Paul McColl bolstered his attacking line-up with new strikers during the summer.
But after the club decided to place Gormley on the transfer list, he was immediately snapped up by their rivals.
And it now means he has the chance to work with former Cambuslang coach George Fotheringham who was let go by the club in July.
Gormley said: “I wasn’t getting the opportunity to play as much as I thought I deserved and a couple of weeks ago I thought I should have started. So I went to the club and asked to be placed on the transfer list.
“And to be fair to Cambuslang they were true to their word.
“They waited until they got what they thought was the right transfer fee and I think The Glens were the only ones who were able to match it.
“It was a hard decision and that’s why I stayed a bit longer to see if I could get back in the team. I’m absolutely delighted [to have signed. Obviously it gives me that opportunity to work with Geo again.”
Any pre-match nerves about starting for a new club disappeared as he hit the back of the net twice before the 20- minute mark in Saturday’s 5-1 victory over Kilsyth.
His quick-fire double was reminiscent of his first two games for The Lang where he bagged nine – five of them in his first start. He said:“I scored a few on my debut with Cambuslang so I had that in the back of my mind.
“Getting the first goal helps any striker at a new club and the second one came along not that much later.
“I could have got a few more if I had been that little bit sharper but hopefully that sharpness will come if I play a few more games.”