New Clydebank captain Alan Vezza insists the Bankies are capable of finishing in the top four of the Super Premier Division.

The Holm Park side returned back to the top league after a two-year absence, finishing second last season in the First Division.

Manager Kieran McAnespie is getting to work making additions to the squad, but Vezza says his side can take inspiration from Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, who finished second last year.

He said: “I don’t think we should go into the division with the attitude of let’s struggle. I’ve said to Kieran we should be aiming for top four.

“There’s no point setting your standards low. You should set your standards high and then you can drop them after that. Obviously you need to be realistic.

“But if you look at Kirkintilloch last year they are a similar sized club to Clydebank and they had a cracking season, and they went right the way to the end of the season and were unlucky at the end.

“Everytime I’ve seen them I don’t think they’re miles ahead of us and look how they did last season.

“With good recruitment and if we get some good players in then I don’t see why we can’t aim for the same thing as Kirkintilloch Rob Roy.”

Clydebank announced last week Vezza was to replace Phil Barclay as their captain, and while he was pleased to takeover, he was adamant the Bankies needed 11 leaders on the pitch, not just himself.

He added: “I’m delighted, I’ve been at the club a few years now and was here when I was younger so I know what it’s about.

“I’m a wee bit older as well when we’ve got a younger squad, and a wee bit more experience behind me which will put me in good stead. But there needs to be 11 captains on the pitch at the end of the day.”

And despite talking to another club at the end of the season when he was out of contract, Vezza didn’t picture himself leaving the Bankies.

He said: “I spoke to another club but at the end of the day I was never going to jump ship after we secured promotion the way we did, Clydebank’s my local club.

“I don’t have to travel too far and it’s well recognised name in the Juniors, you don’t get much bigger than Clydebank for me.

“You can go to other clubs and get more money but it’s not about the money for me.

“Some players in the Juniors chase the money but I think playing part-time football is not the way I’m earning a living so money is not a driving factor .

“At away games we probably get more Clydebank fans than home fans and that says a lot. I’m happy to be playing at Clydebank, I’m enjoying myself and long may it continue.”