In­jury-hit Clyde hope at­ti­tude will tri­umph

The Herald - Herald Sport - - LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP - NEIL CAMERON

CLYDE have eight first-team play­ers miss­ing for tonight’s Scot­tish Cup re­play with Stir­ling Albion.

In­juries, both se­ri­ous and mi­nor, plus cup-tied new sign­ings have given man­ager Barry Fer­gu­son more than a few things to think about.

This is the last tie of the fourth round of the William Hill Scot­tish Cup, and a trip to Ayr United is the prize for who­ever wins at Broad­wood af­ter their 2-2 draw from 10 days ago.

Clyde and Fer­gu­son could do with a lift. They lost 2-1 to Ar­broath at the week­end and have en­dured a poor run of form and re­sults of late. A lengthy in­jury list was the last thing wanted.

Ryan Fin­nie and Marc McKen­zie are cup-tied, Peter MacDonald and Sean Hig­gins are ma­jor in­jury doubts, while Ross Perry, Jordan Low­don, Phil John­ston and Dy­lan Eas­ton are def­i­nitely out of the match.

As a player, when Fer­gu­son suf­fered a set­back, he al­ways wanted to right the world’s wrongs as soon as he could. The hope is his team thinks the same.

“Los­ing on Satur­day was re­ally dis­ap­point­ing and when that hap­pened to me as a player I wanted to get play­ing again straight away,” said the for­mer Scot­land and Rangers cap­tain. “I would have taken a game on the Sun­day, let alone the Tues­day, and I want the play­ers to be the same.”

Of those who he can se­lect from, Fer­gu­son hopes at least one might put his hand up and de­clare him­self fit, but he’s not bank­ing on it.

“Peter and Sean are doubts and they had to come off at the week­end to have any chance of play­ing in this game,” he ad­mit­ted. “As I’ve said be­fore, we are down to the bare bones, but I am look­ing for a re­ac­tion.”

Stir­ling went down 4-1 to An­nan on Satur­day and they face Clyde with­out tal­is­manic striker Dy­lan Nguene Bikey, who scored both of their goals in the first meet­ing be­fore mov­ing to Hearts.

Dave Mackay, the Stir­ling Albion man­ager, said: “In the first game Clyde never al­lowed us to play in the man­ner we would have liked. They closed us down at every op­por­tu­nity. How­ever, a cou­ple of mo­ments of magic from Dy­lan saw us grab a cou­ple of goals.”

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