A red cert!
Co l t n e s s H i g h’s headteacher has had to put up with a bit of stick from his pupils recently.
That’s because proud Hurlford United fan John McGilp is not hiding his true red colours before they face off against Wishaw Juniors in a historic Scottish Junior Cup semi- final clash this weekend.
Mr McGilp explained: “I was absolutely delighted to see Wishaw Juniors being drawn against my local team Hurlford United.
“I’m from over Kilmarnock way originally and I’ve always supported Hurlford, especially as my cousin Alex Roy played for them in the early to mid-90s.
“Since I moved to Coltness in 2014 I’ve started to keep an eye on both the Wishaw and Newmains results on a Saturday.
“I’ll probably get a bit of stick if Wishaw win but I’m used to getting stick off the kids that are Motherwell fans anyway!
“It’s all good hearted banter and a good indicator of the ethos within the school that they are comfortable to give me a lighthearted ribbing.
“I’m obliviously rooting for Hurlford in the first instance but I wouldn’t be too disappointed if Wishaw won it either.”
John also revealed another Coltness link to the tie, involving Wishaw’s new manager.
He said: “Derek Holmes the current Wishaw manager is actually a former pupil of the school.
“He’s one of a number of people who have excelled in football having had their schooling in it here, a great legacy of guys such as Roger Hynd, Iain Browning, Ian Kay and others that have taken football teams over the years.
“I’d encourage anyone who has nothing else to do to get along to Beltane Park on April 14 for the first leg and likewise to Blair Park in Hurlford for the second leg on the 21st.
“Junior football is a great institution of the Scottish game.
“Give me a wet and wild Whittlets any Saturday of the year rather than a Ronaldo overhead kick!”
Big fan Coltness High headteacher John McGilp with his Hurlford scarf