Yoker co-manager Tommy Montgomery has revealed that Saturday’s friendly against Clydebank at Holm Park may be coming too early in his side’s pre-season schedule.

While the Whe Ho gaffer insists everyone at the club can’t wait to finally get some game time on the impressive new surface, he was quick to admit that expectations are low in terms of performance against a West Region Premiership side.

“Saturday is maybe a wee bit early for us in our pre-season to go and take on a team with the stature of Clydebank,” Montgomery admitted. “But, we’ll certainly go and give it our best shot.

“We are still raring to go mind you, there’s no doubt about that. The new facilities here are fantastic now so we can’t wait to start playing matches here again. Looking at it from that perspective, it will be a brilliant day.

“There is a gap there in terms of quality and experience from our side so we need to hope our boys go out there and give it a good go. We’ll learn a lot from the match, that’s for sure. I would rather we played Clydebank for the first time at the end of the month in the Sectional League Cup with a few games under our belt but we’re still looking forward to it.

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“It’s early days but we want to see a good work rate.”

“We haven’t had the time to work on shape or formations as yet but we want the boys to go out there and show a good attitude.

“We need to make sure we’re compact when out of possession and not allow Clydebank to have any space in dangerous areas.

“We know it’ll be a good work out and there will be a good crowd there so we are looking forward to it and hope to go out and do ourselves justice.”

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Elsewhere, Montgomery revealed that Yoker’s summer business is all but complete with a number of new arrivals bolstering his squad.

Montgomery, along with fellow co-boss Peter McKenna, have been working throughout the close season in order to bring their squad numbers up to 22 with Montgomery happy that they now have a settled side to work with.

“It’s been a very busy summer for us,” he added. “That could well be us as we’re happy with the squad now. 

“I won’t rule out bringing another two or three boys in if some become available who we believe would improve the squad.

“If good players become available once the season begins then we won’t say no.”

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