As the January transfer window opens and the 3 teams I have been following are either in cup action (Dumbarton v Queen of the South) or having a wee rest – Albion Rovers and Clyde – I am left pondering how 2016 would be a success for any of the teams?
Success, according to Darren Young, the last time I heard was staying in the league. With little by way of money in the coffers there can be little doubt that the current squad he has is likely to be THE squad he uses to try and make that happen. Little is being wasted on the treatment table so Young has to hope that fitness and a lack of indiscipline sees him through to May.
The promotion in 2015 was the highlight of last year and whilst that is unlikely to be repeated this year a playoff spot is perfectly feasible. I get the chance this week to ask boss Darren Young about all this as I shall be interviewing him for the site. As it stands at the moment progress both for Young and the Wee Rovers appears to be highly favourable so it is an interview I am looking forward to.
The doubters have taken a sabbatical as the results have proven that the Bully Wee might be serious contenders this year. With Eddie Wolecki Black getting the nod and a decent contract at Airdrie there are now less rumours that, at the end of the season, Ferguson will be Shyberry bound.
As for the club it is 10 years and a day since THAT game against Celtic saw Roy Keane come to Hell and find a marvellously expressive Clyde side, ably marshalled by coach Joe Miller and managed by ex Ger Graham Roberts who combined to turn the Parkhead side over 2-1 in the Cup. Unfortunately 10 years on they are out the Cup and have moved aside for others to make the fourth round headlines this afternoon.
As for this season their tumble at home last weekend has highlighted the good form they have demonstrated recently. It would therefore be understandable if Ferguson did not dabble in the loan market or to attract yet another old pro into the ranks at Broadwood this month. The rumour amongst the support is that they would have to ship out someone and the favourite amongst the Bully Wee faithful for the bum’s rush is Stephen Brisbane. It has to be said though with only 5 appearances this year it may be more about his lack of availability than his prowess… erm mebbes naw…
In fact the only movement has been in the coaching squad as Lee Sharp is off to Alloa. A weekend of rest and repose means that the Bully Wee ought to be fully fit and raring to go against next week… East Stirlingshire at home has to be a home win surely…?
The only team that is openly looking at bringing people in seems to be the Sons. Whilst Jamie Lindsay has extended his loan deal till the end of the season, Stevie Aitken is looking to strengthen. Wullie Gibson has gone back to Stranraer permanently whilst St Johnstone loanee Scott Brown is back at his parent club. That would allow Aitken to dabble a little in the market as funds and space have been freed up. There is also Gordon Smith whose loan deal at Cowdenbeath is up in January but it is believed that he may have options rather than coming back to the Cheaper Direct Insurance Stadium thus giving another wage up to help the gaffer bring new faces in – however as Aitken says – patience is the key…
The cup game against Queen of the South however becomes quite vital as a win would see them into the last 16, give them a better bonus from the competition and a possible big tie. Another game, bigger attendances and possible TV money adds up to more than a collective hurrah for the club. It would mean that Aitken could have serious options to shore up the team and keep them very safely in the Championship for next year.