Taking Stock

Head coach Stuart Millar spoke to the official website earlier this evening, as he prepared to take training at a very cold Broadwood…

“The enforced break has given us all the opportunity to take stock and reflect on the first third of the season. We’ve trained, talked and now we just want to get back playing. We’ll find out about the chances of Saturday’s game going ahead tomorrow but I’m afraid it doesn’t look good with the weather that’s moving in. 

“However, this period has given us a chance to regroup and for some it has been a positive respite. Guys like Marc McCusker and Willie Sawyers have had the chance to get back to full fitness. I’ve also witnessed the determination of players to get things right. JC Hutchison has knocked back offers to return to Junior level as he wants to show his ability in the senior game. John Sweeney is another lad whose attitude and commitment continues to impress me at each training session. Despite the disruption he has remained focussed and hungry to do well for the club.”

The January transfer window is now open and Stuart confirmed he and the club are working to try and bring in new players:-

“Obviously I, like any supporter, would love to get a fresh face or two in but it needs to be the right addition not just a signing for signing’s sake. Of course, it also has to be in accordance with what the club can afford. The media revealed that Jamie Ness was a player we were close to bringing in from Rangers, but that’s not to be now so we will keep looking.

“I’m also looking for the players we have at the club to perform better and we also have some who have had limited appearances to date, guys like Hadyn Cochrane and Graham Girvan. I want them to review things and force themselves into the first team picture in the games ahead.”

Stuart concluded with news of a change from within the dressing room:-

“I’ve decided that the time is right to change the captaincy. I’ve appointed Ross McMillan to take on the responsibility and lead the team. He has been a real plus for us this season and one of our most consistent performers. Although he can be quiet, he has a self assurance and presence that will lead by example.

“I know he’ll make it a real team effort to get us up this league and I hope that journey starts on Saturday.”