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Opening Challenge for Clyde

Clyde’s season begins at Ochilview tomorrow with an ALBA Challenge Cup First Round match against Stenhousemuir.

For many of the new Bully Wee team, it will be a first encounter with senior football, but the match will provide an interesting test for them. A place in the Second Round is available, with extra-time and penalties being played if need be.

Callum Reidford will not make his debut until next week due to injury, meaning that under-19 ‘keeper Jordan Allan will be between the sticks. “Callum has a slight thigh strain so Jordan will play,” John Brown said. “It is a step up for him but I have confidence in his ability and he will have a big part to play for us this season.”

Also sidelined is Darren Walker who, after scoring four goals, picked up an ankle injury in the match against ‘Gie’s a Game’ on Tuesday. Scans have showed no break, but he could still be out for a number of weeks if suspected ligament damage is confirmed.

Div McKay is a doubt and will face a fitness test tomorrow.

There was further media attention today on the means by which the club has assembled a squad this term, by national radio station Talksport , the manager has not been distracted but did appear relieved that the time for talking has stopped…

“We’re all looking forward to the start of the season. It’s good to get the squad settled and everyone is just itching to get started. We may still bring in one or two more but basically that is it complete. Its up to the players now to stay fit and show what they can do. We have a young squad and a number have stepped up from the u17 and u19s and that gives hope to the club for the future.”

The manager would not be drawn on who would lead out the Bully Wee tomorrow…

“To be honest the captaincy is not a major concern to me at present I’ll see how things pan out over the next fortnight before the Peterhead match. The most important thing is for the players to concentrate on their own game. The players have done well in the last couple of matches but there is a world of difference between friendlies and a competitive game, tomorrow is the real thing.”