Colin Hendry spoke to the Official Website this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s short trip to Forthbank to take on First Division newcomers Stirling Albion.
The Clyde boss started by commenting on the capture of Ryan Wilkie yesterday:-
“Ryan had spells at Celtic, Liverpool and in America but he then suffered a bad cruciate injury and was out for a lengthy period. Having not played regular football for such a long time it’s all about fitness for him and it may take a bit of time to see him at his best.
“He was first with us during the summer and he’s been quiet loyal to the club. I believe he had an offer from an English League One side but he is keen to play regular football and that’s why he has chosen Clyde.
“He’s been at some great clubs and I felt that we had to take a chance on him.”
Due to a minor hamstring injury it is unlikely that Ryan will feature tomorrow and he will join the recuperating Craig McKeown and the suspended pair of MacLennan and Smith in the stands. Colin continued:-
“With those players out we will be a stretched a bit tomorrow but we have brought in two or three players recently so we are better equipped to deal with that now. I’m working towards the next window already and I feel that I will also be better equipped personally to deal with it this time.”
“Stirling are very competitive and this match will be every bit as hard as our recent ones. They are looking at it as a must win game because it is against Clyde – as every team is doing – but I only concern myself with how we play.
“It’s a big game but they all are to be honest. The league is so tight that we don’t know what our league position will be if we were to win. I just want us to keep 11 men on the pitch this week and show people what we can do and alleviate their concerns.
“I know what has been said recently about referees and comments made about them but, despite being down to ten men, three of the goals conceded last week were down to our own mistakes so we must improve.”
Stirling Albion have advised the club that prices for the match are £14 for adults and £10 for concessions (OAP & Juvenile). Clyde supporters should follow the signs for ‘Visitors’ for parking behind the East Stand. If required, there is additional parking approx 1 mile past the stadium in the Forthside Car Park.
Fans are also advised that there are currently roadworks on the A80 at Castlecary that may cause some delay.