JOR­DAN EYES LEAGUE TI­TLE

Gar­den­hall ace aims to beat Hearts to glory

East Kilbride News - - SPORTS - MARK PIRIE

East Kil­bride foot­baller Jor­dan McGhee aims to pip for­mer club Hearts to lift­ing the Cham­pi­onship ti­tle next term with Dundee.

The Gar­den­hall de­fender has been named Dee cap­tain for the up­com­ing sea­son by gaffer James McPake, and can’t wait to lead out the team for the new league cam­paign.

How­ever, wit h t he Ja mbos’ rel­e­gated from the top flight last term they go into the sea­son as heavy ti­tle favourties.

The 24-year-old be­lieves they have the qual­ity to bring top flight foot­ball back to Dens Park.

“It ’s g o i ng t o be a di f f i c ul t league,” the for­mer Dun­can­rig High School pupil told the News. “We know Hearts and the size of club that they are.

“I know my­self from when I was play­ing there how Rob­bie [Neil­son, Hearts boss] likes to work and set up his teams.

“We need to make sure we are on the ball to start the sea­son, and I’m sure we will be.

“We want to give it a right good go. I be­lieve that the play­ers we have in the dress­ing room are good enough.

“A l ot of t hem have pl aye d in the Premier­ship and we are str i ving t o get back t o play­ing at t hat l evel. In my vi ew, t hi s league is harder to play in than the Scot­tish Premier­ship.

“It’s more blood and thun­der in this league. You don’t get much time on the ball and any team can take points off any­one.

“Every­one in the dress­ing room knows the size of the club and there is no rea­son we shouldn’t be giv­ing it our all to try and win the league.”

McGhee knows they will have to get off to a fast-start this term, with the sea­son re­duced to 27 games af­ter the Covid out­break.

He added: “We didn’t start the sea­son as well last year.

“A f ew bad re­sult s s hot our con­fi­dence, then we kept a few clean sheets on the bounce and built on that. But every­one of the boys is a top player and we’re all pulling in the same di­rec­tion.

“With t he i mpact of Covid, the dress­ing room have had to pull to­gether. We all want to do s o met h i n g p o s i t i v e f o r e a c h other; to drive each other through hard times.”

He hopes to re­pay boss McPake for the “real hon­our ” of be­ing named skip­per.

“It ’s one of t he bes t t hi ngs I’ve done in foot­ball,” he said. “Be­ing cap­tain of a club the size of Dundee is some­thing I’ll trea­sure and re­mem­ber for­ever.

“Now I want to lead the club back to the Premier­ship.”

Arm­band Jor­dan McGhee

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