Mike hopes to do the trick

Trial star McIn­doe looks to im­press against Clyde

Stirling Observer - - THE BACK PAGE - David Ogilvie

Stir­ling Al­bion face Clyde at Broad­wood to­mor­row aim­ing to build on last week­end’s im­pres­sive 3-0 vic­tory over Ber­wick Rangers at Forth­bank.

It’s a first away game for Bi­nos boss Kevin Rutkiewicz and it’s a tough one against a Bully Wee side who beat Ed­in­burgh City 1-0 on Satur­day and are sit­ting third in the ta­ble.

Danny Len­non’s men won 3-0 when the sides met back in Au­gust, but Stir­ling will make the short jour­ney to Cum­ber­nauld on a high af­ter dis­man­tling Ber­wick last time out.

Mark Ste­wart and Peter Mac­Don­ald are among those set to miss out through in­jury, but tri­al­ist Michael McIn­doe is likely to play again af­ter an eye-catch­ing dis­play last week.

The 38 year-old had a re­cent stint with Cly­de­bank and is keen to re­sume his pro­fes­sional ca­reer, which took in spells at Lu­ton, Don­caster Rovers, Wolves, Bris­tol City and Coven­try City along with other clubs.

The at­tack­ing mid­fielder, capped by Scot­land at B level, ad­mits he has been im­pressed by Rutkiewicz and as­sis­tant Martin Hardie dur­ing his short time at Forth­bank. He said: “I’m re­ally im­pressed with Kevin’s en­thu­si­asm and his pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

“I’ve played for a lot of man­agers, both in­ter­na­tional and who have man­aged in the Pre­mier League, and Martin and Kevin are ex­tremely ex­pe­ri­enced in Scot­land so I was ex­cited to get in and see what they are about.

“I was a few years out the game and went to Cly­de­bank to do some match fit­ness with my good friends Kieran McAne­spie and Marc McCul­loch and I was look­ing to get back into the pro game.

“I’ve been im­pressed with what I’ve seen here so far and sign­ing is pos­si­ble.

“We’ve agreed at the mo­ment to play, I think, for three games.

“The man­ager has ex­pressed al­ready that he would like to keep me longer, which is re­ally nice, but we’ll play the next cou­ple of games and see what hap­pens from there.

“The lads are play­ing good foot­ball, which is a big fac­tor for me be­ing here.

“I think the main fac­tor was the man­ager and Martin with their en­thu­si­asm.

“I didn’t know them but friends talked very highly of them and the way they like to play is a key fac­tor for me.”

McIn­doe missed a penalty against Ber­wick last week and feels Al­bion should have won by a much big­ger mar­gin against the Border­ers. He added: “I think the re­sult against Ber­wick should have been seven.

“Three-nil flat­tered them se­verely but we’ve got a lot of new faces and a lot of young play­ers in there and it’s gelling them all to­gether.

“The man­ager and Martin have done ex­tremely well since they came in and I think there’s a bright fu­ture for the club.

“Short term, the aim is to win the three matches and score as many goals as pos­si­ble, keep as many clean sheets – we need to get away from the bot­tom and try and fo­cus on get­ting into the play-offs.

“I’ve al­ways kept my­self in good con­di­tion.

“My last pro­fes­sional game was against Middlesbrough in the Cham­pi­onship in 2011 then I bought a lit­tle non-league club and pol­ished the ego and made my­self cap­tain and had a bit of fun down there.

“I went to the south of France for a train­ing camp that I took ex­tremely se­ri­ously then I came back to Scot­land and played nine games for Cly­de­bank just to get fit.”

Stir­ling Al­bion take on hold­ers Hiber­nian in the third round of the Scot­tish FA Youth Cup tonight (Fri­day) with a 7.30pm at the Hibs Train­ing Cen­tre.

Praise The much- trav­elled McIn­doe has been im­pressed with the new regime at Forth­bank

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