Clydebank boss Gordon Moffat has hailed the club for a historic 2021 – but says they need to continue moving forward if the season is to be judged a success.

Last year started off in frustration as the inaugural West of Scotland Football League was declared null and void with Bankies sitting top – before the historic moment just a month later when the Holm Park side became a licensed club with the Scottish FA.

That allowed the club to participate in the senior Scottish Cup for the first time in 20 years – and as 2021 entered its final few weeks, Moffat’s troops pulled off two sensational results by knocking out Elgin City and Clyde.

Those results set up a fourth round tie against Annan Athletic at Holm Park later this month – with a place in the last 16 of the tournament awaiting the winners.

But away from the cup, there have been too many disappointing results on the league front for Moff’s liking, with back-to-back home defeats to Hurlford and Kilwinning and a goalless draw away to Rossvale contributing to leave Bankies lying third in the West of Scotland Football League Premier Division, five points behind leaders Pollok – leading the manager to accept there’s work to be done in the rest of the campaign.

Reflecting on the year for his side, Moffat told the Post: “There was a brilliant start before the break with Covid and then the boys have kicked on again. They’ve really taken on board what we said in pre-season.

“We’re by no means the finished article, and even within games we’ve won there are things that we have seen, and the guys have said that as well.

“We want to improve and be a better team but overall it’s a really positive mood around the club.

“The cup tournaments have helped that with playing teams we wouldn’t normally play and the cherry on top has been the Scottish Cup run.

“In the first part of the season, I’ve seen a lot of things that we need to tweak and improve on and we’ll certainly try and add to the squad again and boost the quality.

“We’ve got a quality squad that can all compete and start the games now, which is hard for me at times when you’re leaving really good players out the team it can be difficult.

“I want to build on that even more and bring in even more competition.

“We don’t need major surgery now like we did when I first came in - it’s just about adding two, three or four between the turn of the year and the summer and building on what we’ve done. But we can’t stand still.

“We haven’t done anything yet, and you don’t get any medals for being in three tournaments after Christmas. We want to kick on and try and win something.”

Moff believes the Scottish Cup journey has exceeded the expectations of everyone at the club – and is delighted the hard work of committee members, led by club chair Grace McGibbon, has paid off.

Looking back at the club’s journey on the road to Hampden so far, he said: “I think it’s far surpassed anyone at the club’s thoughts.

“Probably not mine, because I know what the boys are capable of, but at board level it was all about being in the tournament.

“But to be on the run we’ve been on, and have the four games and still another one to come, is reward for Grace and the board for all their hard work.

“They maybe never expected the reward as soon as they got it, but it’s been brilliant to deliver that for them and it’s all down to the players.”

Clydebank return to league action after the winter break this Saturday, January 8, when they travel the short distance across the river to take on Benburb at New Tinto Park.

Elsewhere this Saturday, Yoker Athletic kick off their 2022 fixtures when they play host to Vale of Clyde at Holm Park, while Drumchapel United take on Petershill at Lochburn Park.

All the local clubs’ matches this Saturday kick off at 1.30pm.