Barry Ferguson has given a further update on pre-season preparations to the official website, during a very busy week for the first team squad and the club in general.
The Clyde boss answered a range of questions from supporters at the Fans Forum event earlier this evening, ahead of a training session tomorrow night and then the Highland tour from Wednesday to Sunday.
On Saturday’s friendly at East Kilbride, which finished 1-1, Barry revealed that he had expected the players to find the match difficult in terms of their conditioning:-
“The boys were given a hard, hard week at training before the match – we ran them into the ground to be honest. I knew they would be tired after the match and I wanted them to be at this stage of the pre-season schedule we have.
“From that point of view I wasn’t too concerned about how the match went, it was more of a fitness exercise.”
Michael Bolochoweckyj was forced to leave the pitch with a knock, with David Gormley and Scott Durie not taking part due to injury. Barry continued:-
“Michael is ok, we’re not sure if he’ll be able to play up North but he won’t be out for long. Gormley has bruising to his ribs and is in a similar position. Unfortunately Scott is probably going to be out for at least six weeks with a double hernia.
“He was seeing a specialist today so we’ll have better idea what we’re looking at over the next few days. He’s at least taken part in some of the pre-season schedule which will give him a decent base, but we’ll need to wait and see how long he’ll be unavailable for.”
Durie will, however, still travel to the Highlands as part of a full squad party making the journey. Barry concluded:-
“As I said before, it’s going to be a good week for the boys to get to know each other even more and that was one of the main reasons why I wanted to have a summer tour.
“The two matches against Wick and Brora will be tough, but most important is everyone being together in a full-time environment. There’s a lot of hard work coming up this week.”