Clydebank have signed former Arthurlie player Ryan Deas , Stirling Albion defender Ross Forsyth and ex-Celtic youth striker Ciaran Lafferty.

And in particular manager Kieran McAnespie saw former assistant manager and player Forsyth as a marquee signing as the Bankies try to solidify their place in the top league He said: “ He’s experienced, his ability and communication skills are key. He’s an absolute leader. Everything about him will drive us on. The boys will learn a lot from everything he’s doing.

“He’s an A licence holder as well so he’s very experienced in the sense of a footballing perspective but he’s also an aspiring coach and has a lot of good ideas.

“Ross has some good contacts in the game so when we’re looking to strengthen the squad he has a few ideas of players that could come in and help us and strengthen our squad as well.”

Former Bankie Reece Pearson and Josh Watt will also be in training with the Bankies this week as their squad begins to take shape ahead of the new season.

With the changes made to the Juniors last week with the league re-structure, it now means there will be no more automatic relegation from the top league.

Instead the bottom two will face play-offs, but McAnespie says his team don’t want to be scrambling for safety next season.

He added: “It is a safety net to a certain extent, but we want to finish as high as we can and avoid that at all costs, I think if you finish 10th you’re safe, but ultimately we don’t want to be anywhere near that.

“We want to be competing and get as many points on the board as we can.

“We’re not going to win it, let’s be realistic and not kid ourselves, but we’ll go up and we’ll compete because we know how tough it is financially and physically.

“We’ll make sure we can compete in every aspect from a footballing point of view and build on that over the next few years and see where that takes us.”