Clydebank manager Gordon Moffat admits he feels proud to be at the helm of the club as their application to become a full member of the Scottish Football Association is set to be approved.

The Bankies will become a full Scottish FA member club next month after fulfilling all relevant licensing and paperwork requirements – with the move becoming official at the SFA’s AGM on June 20.

Club chair Grace McGibbon worked tirelessly behind the scenes, along with the rest of the Bankies’ board and committee members, to get the application submitted, with the hard work set to pay off once the 2021-22 season gets under way.

Moff, who played for the club between 2010 and 2012 before succeeding Kieran McAnespie in the manager’s hot-seat in 2019, knows all too well about the expectations that representing Clydebank bring – and believes his troops will relish the opportunity.

Speaking to the Post, he said: “Grace and the board have put in so much work to get it done. It’s another big milestone for the club

“I feel really proud to be in charge. It’s been a long wait and to be the guy leading them makes me very proud.

“I said to the players when we were going for it that they should be proud and privileged to be playing for the club at this time.

“Going into this season and the preliminary rounds of the Scottish Cup is something they should be proud of and looking forward to, and I know they are.

“There’s no pressure from the club, but there’s a pressure from me to go and do ourselves justice.

“There should be a pressure to play for a club like Clydebank, but it’s a positive thing and the new squad we’ve got certainly did that last year.”

Becoming a member club allows promotion to the Lowland League and then the SPFL setup – performances on the park permitting, of course – as well as participation in the Scottish Cup, and Moff believes it’s a massive advantage to be able to offer what other teams might not.

He added: “When you’re talking to players about coming to the club it’s a huge selling point and makes my job easier talking about the potential to be promoted and the chance to play in the Scottish Cup.

“It’s really helped me with some negotiations. All of the signings that we’ve brought in had some fierce competition so it’s helped with that.

“Maybe on the financial side we can’t offer what other teams can, but now we’ve got something that they can’t offer.”