Clydebank legend Jim Gallacher says the club will have to make sacrifices, similar to his own during his playing days, if they are to reach the SPFL.

The goalkeeper, who racked up 732 appearances for the Bankies, started out his career as a 15-year-old travelling from Clydebank to Arbroath, before making his debut for The Red Lichties at 18.

He later moved to Clydebank, where his playing career would span three decades from 1972-1992.

And he says for Bankies fans it’s a necessary evil if they are to return to the SPFL.

He said: “It might be hard for them to go away to the East of Scotland to watch their team play, but when I started out in football I was 15 and I went to Arbroath.

“Every Saturday I played in the east of Scotland and travelled from the west of Scotland.

“There are definitely some sacrifices, but if they get promotion to the Lowland League, I daresay that’s better than playing in the juniors.”

Gallacher was involved in many Bankies fans memories, not least for making the second most appearances for any player with the club in it’s history.

The star-studded players he reels off that he played with goes on: Davie Cooper, Jim Fallon, Glen Morris, Gerry McCabe, Frank McDougall, Tommy Coyne, Bobby Williamson, Owen Coyle, Jimmy Lumsden.

These are players who descended on Clydebank every other week to ply their trade, and it’s something that the goalkeeper felt they took for granted sometimes.

He added: “I’ve probably missed about 15 or 20 names, I’m sorry if I’ve missed any as there’s been so many over the years!”

“I have brilliant memories from the club, I have nothing bad to say about it. When you’re there for so long you don’t realise how successful and how good we were.

“We never won a lot but we were always in the top three or four in the first division and you look back sometimes, somebody shows you a bit of footage or you see a bit of a game, apart from the shorts being too short the game was good, there was some good players.

“We didn’t realise it then, we were always a modest lot, and we didn’t realise how good we were.”

The goalkeeper has a lot of fond memories from his time at the club, including a Scottish Cup semi-final appearance in 1990, and beating St Mirren 3-0 in the Scottish Cup in 1987, just months after the Paisley side had lifted the trophy.

He said: “We didn’t fear them, we’d played them a few times before and we knew we had a chance. And to beat them 3-0 at their own place was a good highlight.

“Getting promotion up in Dundee was good, and for the club of Clydebank to get to a semi-final of the Scottish Cup.

“But you enjoy all your victories.”

After Gallacher stopped playing in 1992, he didn’t want to hang up his gloves right away.

He had spells as goalkeeping coach of the Bankies, as well as with Scotland and later Dumbarton.

Now he keeps himself busy teaching Ayr United’s academy two nights a week.

He said: “I love goalkeeping coaching. I have a good rapport with the kids, and seeing them laughing.

“It’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing, even when I was at the seniors with Dumbarton I enjoyed that.

“I never wanted to manage, I always wanted to do goalkeeping.”