Clyde kick off at Livingston

Jordan Cassidy, Max Gracey and Cari Cassidy model Clyde's new home kit, sponsored by PTS Clean, with Clyde commercial director Gary Ballantyne, Gary Hosie of PTS, manager Barry Ferguson, Craig Hosie of PTS and director Bobby Gracey.
Jordan Cassidy, Max Gracey and Cari Cassidy model Clyde's new home kit, sponsored by PTS Clean, with Clyde commercial director Gary Ballantyne, Gary Hosie of PTS, manager Barry Ferguson, Craig Hosie of PTS and director Bobby Gracey.

Clyde play their first competitive game of the new campaign on Saturday when they travel to face Livingston in the Petrofac Training Cup.

The first round encounter is the first of a quickfire double header for Bully Wee who return to Livingston the following Saturday in the first round of the Scottish League Cup.

Clyde manager Barry Ferguson

Clyde manager Barry Ferguson

Clyde are the bookies’ favourites to lift this season’s League Two title and begin their league campaign at Stirling Albion on Saturday, August 8.

Barry Ferguson’s side were up north last week when they had a short Highland tour which included friendly matches against Wick Academy and Brora Rangers.

Against Wick last Wednesday Clyde quickly found themselves 2-0 down as Gary Weir put the home side in front and Richard Macadie added a second from the penalty spot.

Ross Fisher pulled one back for Clyde before the break but despite an entertaining second half there was no further scoring.

From there Clyde moved on to Brora where they drew 0-0 against last season’s Highland League champions.

The match was played in blustery conditions at Dudgeon Park, was competitive and featured several chances at either end despite the blank scoreline.

Manager Ferguson told the club’s website: “The conditions were difficult for both teams, but I thought some of the stuff we played was good. That was probably that team’s second full game together and things are just starting to come together.

“I was happy with a lot of things, but there are other things we still need to work on.”

Despite Clyde failing to win either of the matches, manager Ferguson was happy with the trip.

He told the club’s website: “The players have loved it, it’s been a hard workout for them but they will get the benefit of that during the season.

“They’ve all bonded together well and that was one of the main reasons for organising the time away.

“We’re at a good level now in terms of fitness and the touch and match sharpness will start to come.”