CLYDEBANK player manager Kieran McAnespie lavished praise on his team after they secured promotion back to the Premier Division with a 4-1 win over Shettleston.

The visitors looked to spoil the party, with Paul Kelly scoring a wonder goal, with his back facing the goal and volleying the ball into the top corner from 20 yards after five minutes.

But Jordan Shelvey, Jamie Darroch and a brace from Nicky Little ensured the celebrations were back on, as Bankies sealed their return to the top flight in style. Having only been a manager since January, McAnespie was delighted to have gained promotion.

He said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to have won promotion before and won leagues, but that’s obviously different when it’s you who’s helped create that, it was a very good feeling.

“Obviously it depends on Girvan if we go up as champions, but it’s definitely up there in my achievements that I’ve been a part of.

“I had a bigger part in my Arbroath team winning the league than I did when I was with St Johnstone and Fulham teams. But with Arbroath I pretty much played every game and I’ve managed to do what I set out to do as a manager, I’ve used my tactics and my philosophies and strategies and it’s come to fruition.

“They [the players] went about their business the exact same way as the last six weeks.

“In the last six weeks when that’s happened I’ve told them to be patient, we’ll get the goals, we’ll score goals and they started again.

“The workrate’s incredible, even Peter McGill coming on at the end, he’s busting his gut 45 yards to press the winger or the full-back, and you could just see how much it meant to them, you could feel it.”

It was the first time the Bankies had their fate in their own hands regarding automatic promotion, with a number of sides dropping off towards the end of the season.

And the manager was worried his team may be their own worst enemies on Saturday.

But after overturning a number of the teams above them in the last few weeks, he knew his side could get the job done.

He added: “My biggest fear was ourselves on Saturday, not Shettleston by any stretch of the imagination. But I felt when we got there.

“The coin was flipped, we were now the favourites, we’ve not been that so far.

“Kilsyth were top of the league, we went and turned them over, Girvan, potential winners of the league, turned them over, Petershill, one of the strongest squads in the league and you go and turn them over on their own patch.

“You look at the situation like that when it’s your last game of the season playing against a team who have got nothing to play for, who are in turmoil internally and the fate was in our own hands and we managed to pull ourselves through and get ourselves over the line.

“It was quicker than I expected, but it’s a good feeling.”