Storm Dudley chaos could cause problems for Rutherglen Glencairn, warns boss

Rutherglen Glencairn boss Willie Harvey says their rearranged clash with Cumbernauld United takes on a “new significance” as his side may have gone two weeks without playing by that point.

Last Saturday’s West of Scotland League Premier Division clash at home to Darvel was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and tonight’s scheduled clash against Cumbernauld at the Hamish B. Allan Stadium has been pushed back to Wednesday, February 23, amid safety concerns over Storm Dudley.

Harvey fears that Saturday’s West of Scotland League Cup second round tie at home to Arthurlie could meet a similar fate, meaning his side last played in the 3-0 defeat at Kilwinning Rangers on February 5.

And there are concerns from the Glens gaffer over a potential fixtures pile-up as well.

He said: “That’s [last] Saturday and Wednesday off, there’s a big, massive possibility of this Saturday being off due to the weather.

“At this time of the year you don’t expect to lose that amount of games in a row.

“It’s certainly nothing to do with the park, it’s just down to weather conditions – we’ve been battered with rain for the past week and a half, on and off.

“We’re just going to have to play catch-up again. I can see us ending up playing two or three games a week, because we’ve got lights, so I can see us being pinpointed because of that.

“Cumbernauld is the most important game, but it takes on a new significance now, due to the fact there have been so many weeks without a game.

Harvey is worried that his players haven't been in action now since February 5
Harvey is worried that his players haven’t been in action now since February 5

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“At the Arthurlie game we would maybe have looked at bringing in some of the guys who haven’t played as often, but now we’ve got a decision to make. Should we be playing the players who have been playing, but who have now possibly gone two weeks without football?

“No disrespect to the cup, but the league is more important to us. We want to win every game and progress in the cup, but the most important thing is league survival.

“We have to look at players’ fitness, injuries, and make a decision nearer the time.

“But if I’m looking at it just now, I’ll be very surprised even if Saturday’s game is on.

“I hope so, and it won’t be through any lack of effort on our part at the park, because we tried everything we could to get the Darvel game on.”

Meanwhile, Harvey moved last week to secure goalkeeper Matt McGinley and defender Scott Schoneville on extended deals to the end of next season. He’s going through the squad “two or three players at a time” and expects to announce more deals soon.

Harvey said: “Matt has a lot of experience, he’s played in the Lowland League and senior, and has been a very good goalkeeper for us.

“It took a wee while to settle in right at the start, but since then he has been outstanding, because he’s keeping Scott McLellan out, and he’s a decent goalkeeper as well.

“Scott Schoneville… people have been sniffing about Scott all season, so it’s a good piece of business to get him tied up as well.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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