The former St Mirren and Dunfermline striker came on for Bankies on Saturday as a trialist but couldn’t turn the match with Shotts Bon Accord around, Bankies lost 2-0.

However Allison thinks the 38-year-old can give Clydebank something they are currently lacking.

He said: “Although we have Joe Andrew who is an experienced junior, our other forwards at the club are Jordan Shelvey and Ross Harvie who have been plucked from the third tier of amateur football and under-21s respectively.

“So it’s been big jump for both of them and although they were looking to hit the ground running, there has been a lot of pressure on their shoulders, particularly with the run of form that we are going through at the moment.

“Junior Mendes came in and trained with us on Wednesday, he’s a very fit guy especially for his age and he’s very vocal. His experience will definitely benefit the younger players in the squad and he did okay in the time he had today.” Allison was disappointed to lose on Saturday but felt the side coped well with a change in formation to accomodate for the loss to injury of centre backs Graham Mort and Andy Irvine.

He said: “A 3-5-2 isn’t a formation that the players are used to, nor a formation we’d usually be looking to play. The three players that played centre backs are all naturally full backs, but take nothing away from the guys filling in.

“I felt we lost a bit of creativity in midfield with Jamie Campbell and Stevie Gardiner playing as wing backs. The decision to play Robert Hamilton was partly because of the defensive shortage, as we felt he would deal with balls in on top of him better and he dealt with everything he had to brilliantly well.”