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Barry Takes the Positives

Speaking to the official website this week, Clyde manager Barry Ferguson conceded the team’s performance could have been a lot better on Saturday, however he said he was delighted with the attitude shown to complete the late comeback against Queen’s Park.

Ross McKinnon’s 79th minute penalty and Michael Daly’s header with just a minute to go ensured The Bully Wee got off to a winning start. Ferguson said: “We have played better but after ranting and raving to the boys for five minutes I said to them that coming back is the sign of a good team. They showed a good mentality when we went a goal down and showed we have characters in the squad but we can do a lot better – we weren’t near the standard that we can play at.

“But the result is a good start – you want to get off to a winning start and we did that and that is the most important thing.”

One player who was not involved in Saturday’s match was defender Fraser McGhee and Ferguson explained that his absence was due to a prior commitment in Africa: “When I joined the club Fraser came to me and said he had some charity work in Kenya arranged and he asked if he would be able to go.

“I’m really into charity work so I was happy to let him go and do it.”

McGhee is due to return on Monday, hours before the Rangers game.

Ferguson also confirmed that the team will now be training at the new facilities at Bellahouston Park and that the squad will also start training a third night a week – with a strength and conditioning coach.

He continued: “The strength and conditioning coaching is geared up for the end of this month but I am hoping to get it started a bit quicker.

“I had a chat with the boys last week to let them know what is happening and they have all brought into it which is important. It will be another night for them and I have got to be realistic with the guys working, but they want to do it and that is great.

“I have secured a deal with a recovery company who are going to give me the stuff which is great, so we are getting there slowly.

“The boys have bought into everything, even just in terms of the small things after games and after training that they are doing. It is going to take time – it can’t all happen overnight – but it can only benefit the players and that is what I am here to do, to try and help the players.”