It’s crunch time for the Bully Wee at Broadwood tomorrow as ninth place Arbroath visit Cumbernauld for a pivotal IRN-BRU Second Division match.
Thankfully, no fresh injuries were picked up in the brutal weather in Peterhead on Tuesday night, but John McCormack will still have to make do without several players.
Kris Doolan and Pat Boyle have, of course, returned to Firhill and team-mate Willie Kinniburgh continues to be ruled out with a hamstring strain. Alan Lithgow is due to serve a one-match suspension and will join long-term absentees Steven Howarth and Scott Findlay on the sidelines.
Young midfielder Kevin Higgins is, however, close to returning to action and has an outside chance of making tomorrow’s pool.
The Clyde boss was characteristically enthusiastic about the match when he spoke to www.clydefc.co.uk after training last night:-
“We’ve got a couple of players missing but there’s a fight and a belief in the squad now and the team will give their all. There’s plenty to play for and I’ve got every confidence in the guys that will go out on Saturday.
“It’s a game we need to win and we will have a go, there’s no doubt about that.
“I thought Tuesday night was a perfect example of the character the squad is showing. At half-time everyone wanted to go back out knowing they’d be up against that wind and despite us having to do everything we could to heat them up. It was a severe storm but we dug in for a credible draw.”
With the emergency loan deadline having passed on Wednesday, John confirmed that additions had been considered…
“I scoured the market and spoke to SPL managers but it had to be players that we wanted and not just someone we would be taking for the sake of it. If need be, I feel it would be better to go with one of our young players rather than bring someone to the club who may not feature otherwise.”
He concluded with an upbeat message:-
“I’m excited about the game and I hope our supporters will get right behind the team. We’re ready to give it our best shot, I can assure them of that.”
The match has been classed as category ‘B’; click here for full admission and turnstile information.
Your Clyde View
In tomorrow’s Clyde View, the highlights include:-
• On This Day; six years ago Clyde lead the First Division title race by six points from Inverness
• An interview with Clyde’s in-form striker desperate to dump Arbroath
• The Past Master who was a Scottish Judo Champion
• Escape with Torrode and Wallace – one Clyde fan’s way of coping with relegation pressure
• The Time Team who had their official pre-season photocall at Love Street
• Gordon Sydney’s Bully Wee Top 10… Total Trivia!
These features and much, much more are contained in tomorrow’s match programme, priced £2.50 so don’t miss it!
You can also purchase the edition online instantly! Click here.
You can give yourself a chance of winning the Clyde Lottery jackpot of £11250 by picking your four numbers at the match. Terry Ashton will be selling tickets from the servery at the North side of the Main Stand and Tom McCorkindale will be on foot around the stadium.
You can also enter the Lottery online instantly! Click here.
50/50 Half-Time Draw
Tickets will be on sale around the stadium for £2. First prize is instant cash up to £250, second prize is a £15 gift voucher and third prize is a signed football. All proceeds go directly to the club.
Click here for details of new car parking arrangements at Broadwood on match days.