Bankies will play in the Super League First Division next year after a paltry return of two wins from their 19 games this season. While McGhie concedes that most of the damage to their league campaign had already been done, he was upset by the manner in which Clydebank surrendered their top tier league status on Saturday.

He said: “We are obviously gutted. Not just at being relegated but by going down without a fight. The goals we conceded on Saturday were terrible, real gifts.

“We had a lot of fans travelling to the game so to it was extremely disappointing to perform in that manner.

“On the park there was an acceptance of the situation and little response from the players.” Despite some poor performances from his players, McGhie accepts that he has to shoulder much of the responsibly for the team’s results this season. With a big rebuilding job required ahead of the next campaign, where the club will hope to bounce back from their first relegation in the junior era, he insists it is a challenge he is ready to take on.

He said: “I think it was a confidence problem, a lot of the players were here last season. But for a lot of the season, and particularly in the last two months, you have seen confidence drop.

“I’ll take my part in the blame, I have to take my fair share.

“This season we have failed and we have to rebuild, which is not going to be easy. It is going to be very difficult next year, there are more games in that league and some very good teams.

“I see it as a challenge I would accept, in 12 years that is our first really disappointing season. We need to finish the season with a bit of pride and try to do as well as we can in the Central League Cup.”