Director of football Neil Watt spoke to the official website today, in response to recent interest in two of the Bully Wee’s brightest prospects…
“Rangers FC recently contacted me to indicate that they would be interested in having a closer look, first hand at 17-year-olds Steven Howarth and Connor Stevenson at their Murray Park training complex. Both players have recently made the step up from the club’s youth academy to the first team and the club is keen to see them develop further, preferably with Clyde in the near future.
“We have been aware of Rangers interest for a while but when they formally made contact requesting permission to invite the boys to their training facility, John Brown and I discussed the matter at length. On one hand we believe their development could best be served by continuing to be coached at Broadwood and push for regular first team football, but we should not discount the opportunity for young players moving on if it serves them and Clyde FC best.
“John and I have agreed to allow the players to train at Murray Park over the coming week, but with a view to them being back with the squad for our next important league game on Saturday.
“While SPL clubs are obviously set up to develop their own talent, they are nevertheless always on the lookout to supplement that. It is testament to Alan Upton and his coaches that SPL clubs are keeping regular tabs on what is going on at Clyde’s youth academy.”