By Jack Crawford

Clydebank Manager Kieran McAnespie admits that the most important thing when it comes to signing players is their reputation.

The 38-year-old knows of the quality of players available to him in the transfer market, but he won’t be signing anyone who may disturb his dressing room.

The Bankies boss also gave an update on the future of a few players when he spoke to the Post.

He said: “It’s making sure we bring in the right blend.

“The key part for me is the changing room. There are a lot of good players out there but maybe they don’t have a good name and a bad reputation.

“The vital thing for me is having a close knit changing room who are willing to fight for each other. If you’ve got that then if it gets tough the boys stick together.

“We’ve kept the majority of the boys but Reece Pearson will be away and Josh Watt will be moving on. But Alan Vezza has agreed to re-sign. It’ll be a very active window.”

Clydebank finished the season in tenth place in the Super Premier Division after their promotion last season.

And despite acheiving the goal of survival that was set out at the start of the season, McAnespie was left frustrated at what could have been. He said: “ “I’ve got mixed feelings about the season as a whole. Up until January we were quite poor.

“We had a very inconsistent spell for about half a season.

“At the turn of the year we brought in a bit more quality up front and it allowed us to breathe a bit more and there was less pressure on the back four. We had been creating chances but not putting them away but now we were.

“We picked up some big points picked up against big teams to allow us to remain in the league.”

“Our main aim was to avoid the relegation play-offs and we managed to do that. It’s just about building on that for next season.”

Only seven points seperated Clydebank from fifth place which highlights just how much that slow start to the season affected the final league table.

McAnespie hopes, however, that his young squad can learn from the campaign. He said: “You can look at games in the latter part of the season and see where we could have picked up a few more points. We only had three draws all season and it’s just turning a couple of those losses into points.

“There was a few games where we dropped points so you can see where the points were lost and should have been picked up. It’s fine margins. We don’t have the experience in the squad to see games out but it’s things you can learn from.”