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Bell’s Bulletin

Assistant manager Dougie Bell spoke to this afternoon, with tomorrow’s Scotland v Norway match meaning a break from action for The Bully Wee.

However, there’s still been plenty of work done on the training ground following two home defeats, as Dougie explained:-

“We’ve had a good week of sessions, using Little Kerse the new astroturf at Broadwood. It’s a great surface and really good for passing the ball on. We’ve been doing a lot of passing and possession work to try and sharpen things up.

“The players know there’s not been a lot in the last two games and that we could have got results had we played better on the day. In both games we lost goals that we should never have lost and struggled to come back afterwards. In our first seven matches, even when we went behind, I felt that we had a lot of energy and worked really hard but we just petered out in the last two and I can understand why that was frustrating to watch.

“The fact that they were home defeats is worse for our support and we know that. It won’t take a lot to get the fans back on our side at Broadwood – we have managed to do it in certain games by using our pace and putting the opposition under pressure but we need to do it more consistently.

“I agree with the manager’s comments that the majority of our team were really poor on Saturday. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being honest and saying that. We can’t afford that and we spoke to them all afterwards about how important it is, even if you aren’t playing well, to still keep going and at least stop your opponent playing.”

Dougie also gave an update on the injury front, starting with some promising news on Billy Gibson:-

“We now hope to have Billy back training next week and if that happens then there’s a chance he could play against Morton. Willie McLaren has been doing some more running but is still a couple of weeks away from action yet.

“Marvyn Wilson is not far away from being ready and just needs a game or two under his belt now. It was unfortunate that the reserve match was postponed as that would have been ideal for him. Marc McCusker has started some light training now and was looking strong. He may be able to play in the next reserve match a week on Monday.”