CLYDEBANK boss Gordon Moffat admits he is looking forward to focusing on football again this weekend as clubs across the country were given permission to take part in local friendlies by the Scottish Government and Scottish FA.

The Bankies’ first team are set to take part in an intra-squad friendly with the development side on Saturday before heading into a pre-season programme.

Restrictions remain in a number of areas despite Moffat’s side returning to the pitch, with supporters not yet allowed entry to watch any games and changing rooms restricted, with showers also out of use.

The return to action has required a lot of paperwork and ticking of boxes, and the 37-year-old is now looking forward to seeing how much of his pre-season training has been taken on by his squad.

Speaking to the Post, he said: “There was a checklist for training protocols, and there’s now a more extensive checklist for matchday protocols.

“There’s been quite a lot of Covid training that’s needed to be done as well for different people in the club.

“One of the coaches has done it, and a few of the board have done it, and obviously Holm Park people have done it as well.

“There is a lot to it, but I think, like most people in football, we’re willing to do what it takes to get back, and get back safely.

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“There’s probably a wee bit of apprehension around how football is going to go with the friendlies, but we’ll give it a go, and if things change, then so be it.

“Like everyone else, we’re trying to feel our way and see what we’ll be asked to do.

“There’s been so many distractions, which are all important, but I’m now just trying to focus on running a football team and doing the last bits of preparation for that.”

Moffat has handed a first team contract to the club’s under-17 goalkeeper Aaron Hussey, and whilst he doesn’t expect the youngster to turn out for the senior team this season, he hopes that he can compete for a spot in the club’s development side.

He continued: “We think really highly of him and his goalkeeping coach speaks highly from what he’s seen of him so far.

“It’s good for him to be in and around that development group and potentially challenging to come up into the first team at some point.”