Yoker Athletic boss Gordon Robertson admits he won’t get too carried away by his side’s promising pre-season ahead of the competitive action starting this weekend.

The Whe Ho won the Irvine Victoria tournament and picked up wins over Eglinton and Port Glasgow as well as forcing Hamilton Academical to a draw and putting in an impressive display against Stirling University despite losing 3-1.

The Holm Park side play host to Greenock this weekend in their opening Second Division clash as the West of Scotland Football League season gets underway, and Robertson hopes his troops can take their performances from the friendlies into where it really counts.

Speaking exclusively to the Post, he said: “It was a good pre-season – given we lost a few from last season and we’ve brought a few in, we’re quite happy with how everyone has shown up.

“Pre-season can tell you some things and can mask others, so once the competitive stuff starts we’ll know exactly where we are at but taking it a face value we’ve got to be quite pleased with how it went.

“I’ve been in situations where I’ve seen teams have a great pre-season and go into the league and start having stinkers, and I’ve seen bad pre-seasons where the league has gone great from the get-go, so it’s very hard to read too much into pre-season.

“Over the piece I’ve got to be pleased with it, but like most managers when that happens, you’re not under any illusions that it means everything.”

Pre-season has come at a cost, however, with injuries to some key members of his squad over recent weeks.

Robertson is hopeful of welcoming some bodies back for the competitive action starting this weekend – though the way his new signings have fitted into the dressing room has given him reason to be optimistic.

He explained: “We lost Scott Gallacher to an injury in the Stirling Uni game. He has an MRI scan this week, and there could be ligament damage to his knee, so that’s a real blow, because he’s such a key player for us.

“Greg Maitland picked up a knee injury in the same game and he hasn’t done anything since, but he’ll be back at training this week and he has a good chance of making it on Saturday.

“We’ve brought in boys that have shown up really well and I’m really pleased with them.

“I’m pleased with how things have gone, but the proof will be in the pudding and what we do when we go into the league games and how we get on and our performance, regardless of results.

“If performances are good, the results will come, so we have to make sure we’re at it and we’ll take it as it comes.”

Saturday’s Holm Park clash kicks off at 2pm.