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Ian Harty Interview

Striker Ian Harty talked to the website and other journalists present at length immediately after the 0-0 draw with Inverness on Saturday….

You moved into midfield in the second half, and it seemed to make a difference… – “Yes, I had to do a job for the team. Inverness were by far the better side in the first half but we got a bit of a talking to at half-time and changed things about which worked quite well. A point isn’t bad from that fixture.”

You would prefer to be further up the park though? – “I would rather be up there scoring goals, but we have a very small squad and there’s going to be times when I have to drop back and help out. As long as I’m doing reasonably well and we keep getting results then I’m happy with that.”

You’ve now played against two of the best teams in the First Division, St.Johnstone and Inverness, so how are you finding this level of football? – “There is a difference in terms of fitness and organisation, but it’s not a great leap. I’ve said all along that I felt that I could play at a higher level so I wasn’t overawed coming in. I know people are looking for goals from me but I haven’t been missing a lot of chances, maybe only a couple of half chances. The goals will come, I’m confident of that.”

How are you gelling with the other strikers at the club? – “It’s still early days. Being a striker means you will be substituted a lot so it’s hard to get a bond straight away. I’m happy with how things are going so far though.”

How are you finding being full-time? – “It’s always been my aim to go full-time. I did carry a bit of weight at Stranraer last season but I knew I’d get away with it in Division 2. Over the summer I trained really hard, running every day, to get myself fit so I haven’t found it difficult. I’ll maybe bit a brick wall around Christmas, but just now I feel great.”

Several clubs were interested in your signature last season, what made you decide to come to Clyde? – “Alan Kernaghan. I’m ambitious in the game and he is no different, which stood out for me. His background is also excellent; he has played at the highest level. If I can’t learn from him then I shouldn’t be in the game. The club did very well last season also, and I remembered playing against them when they won the 2nd Division a few years ago so I knew the club had a good fan base who get behind you.”

Saturday’s game against Brechin is a chance for you to get your first goal… – “It’ll be tough. I know how tough they can be having played against the last year, they are a very stuffy team. Chris Templeman is a great finisher as well. I’m not getting over anxious about the goals though. If I was missing three or four chances a game then my head would go down but I’m not, so it’ll happen when it happens.”