Clyde up for ‘Well challenge

WINNER: Stephen McDonald fires in Clyde's goal against Montrose at Broadwood on Saturday.
WINNER: Stephen McDonald fires in Clyde's goal against Montrose at Broadwood on Saturday.

CLYDE can go top of the third division on Saturday with a win away to Annan, but before that they face the challenge of SPL high flyers Motherwell in the Scottish Communities League Cup tonight (Wednesday).

Club captain Paul Hay admits geography played a part in his decision to join Clyde for a second time, but is very happy with how things have gone so far.

Paul Hay

Paul Hay

He said: “I’m not going to lie, the fact Broadwood is ten minutes from my house is a big plus, but the set up is really good and the management team have been great.

“Everything is really professional and its not until you go to some other part-time clubs that you realise just how professional it is here.”

Having been a right-back during the early part of his career at Clyde, he has now moved into midfield and has been charged with supporting the more attack minded John Sweeney and John Neill.

He said: “I played in midfield for East Stirling last season and really enjoyed it so I was pleased when the manager asked me to do the same role here.

“I don’t know John Sweeney that well yet, but he seems to have really turned a corner and has obviously been getting plaudits for his goals.

“Having played with him at East Stirling I know John Neill is also a good player and I think together we have developing into a really good trio.”

A second half strike by Steph McDonald was enough to see off Montrose on Saturday to maintain Clyde’s unbeaten start, but Hay believes there is little between any of the sides.

He said: “I think every game is going to be different and every team can beat any other.

“So far we haven’t looked out of sorts, but we have to give every team respect as getting points on the board early doors takes the pressure off.

“It’s just a start, nothing more than that and Annan will be a different game again.

“They have a tighter park with a more physical side so we’ll have to adapt, but I’m sure the boys will be ready to take whatever comes at us on its merits.”

Hay is no stranger to facing SPL sides, but believes the younger players in the squad will benefit from going up against ‘Well.

He said: “The Motherwell game is a wee bit of a bonus. It’s nice to be playing a team near the top of the SPL and good to test yourself against that level of player.

“The older lads will have played in these types of games many, many times – indeed I faced Celtic twice during my time at Stirling Albion – but for the younger boys it gives them a chance to see where they need to reach to play at the highest level.”