Clydebank manager Kieran McAnespie has made Alan Vezza his club captain after his predecessor Phil Barclay decided to retire.

Barclay leaves the Bankies after two and a half years at the club, involved as a player as well as a coaching role since new manager McAnespie came to the club in January.

While disappointed he has decided to retire, McAnespie thought Vezza was a more than capable replacement as the new captain, with Jamie Darroch set to become the vice captain.

He said: “We’re gutted as Phil has been a big player for us and in the changing room as well as club captain.

“Alan Vezza will be my club captain next year. He’s got a lot of respect from the players.

“In the face of adversity he conducts himself impeccably.

“We dropped him last year for a tactical reason. He didn’t like it, he told us he didn’t like it, but the first thing he did was talk to all the boys in the changing room and was making sure they were on their game.”

After being relegated with the club back in 2015, Barclay was pleased to exit the club on a high after gaining promotion to the Super Premier Division.

He said: “The first season ended with disappointment as to relegation, but I’m glad to be going out on a high by to gaining promotion back to the top league.

“I’m extremely proud to be able to say I’ve played for and been a captain at such a great club and I’m looking forward to watching Clydebank FC prosper in the coming years.

“All the hard work that’s put in on and off the park will reap due rewards, and I’m wishing Macca [McAnespie], Marco [Marc McCulloch, assistant manager] and all the troops the very best for next season.”