CLYDEBANK manager Kieran McAnespie was thankful Alan Frizzell came on and provided two assists against Yoker on Saturday from the bench – but mainly for his own safety.

The Bankies boss joked the former Morton striker was going to deliver a knockout blow to his own manager rather than the Whe-Ho after being dropped from the starting line-up.

But McAnespie was delighted with his performance on the pitch, as the Bankies triumphed 3-0 against Athletic.

He said: “I was really pleased with Friz [Alan Frizzell] setting up two goals because he was going to punch me in the face when I spoke to him before hand that I’d dropped him.

“You could see the disappointment, you know that as a player yourself and you just look at the gaffer and say ‘okay’.

“And when I called him I knew he was disappointed.

“To be fair to him he’s come on and done what he is capable of doing.

“That’s the biggest thing, we know what he has to offer and it’s about managing that and doing it at the right time and thankfully it’s worked out.”

Clydebank are now two points off leaders Kilsyth, and host Rutherglen Glencairn on Saturday at Holm Park.

The visitors sit in eighth place, and will be on a high after travelling to promotion hopefuls Girvan and dispatching them comfortably 3-0 on Saturday.

The Bankies boss added: “It’s a very inconsistent league, we’ve seen that.

“Girvan by all accounts is a tough place to go and they turned them over quite convincingly. It just goes to show the inconsistency and the standards of the teams in this league.

“Rutherglen are a good side and the work rate needs to be as good as or if not better, and we hope to be on the front foot.

“As long as we continue to stick to our gameplan then we have players that can hurt teams, players that can prevent teams hurting us, I think I’m very fortunate to have taken over a good bunch of players.”

Kick-off is at 2pm at Holm Park on Saturday.