Yoker Athletic captain Gary Bissland has been playing through the pain barrier in recent weeks – he’s been playing with a broken toe.

The midfielder is toughing it out to help turn around the Whe-Ho’s form.

They had turned around their recent slump of five defeats in a row by beating Rutherglen last week, but then fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Irvine Victoria.

But Bissland is just taking it week by week for both Athletic’s form and his injury.

He said: “It’s pretty similar to last season, we started really well and then we had a bit of a dip. We ended up losing five on the bounce, we weren’t playing badly but when your luck’s out your luck’s out.

“We had suspensions and injuries, which didn’t help, but we’ve been a bit better last week against Rutherglen.

“I broke my toe about four or five weeks ago, and it’s still broken so it’s slightly sore at the moment.

“I’m just taking it game by game. It’s bearable, it’s just the next day and a couple of days after it’s really sore.

“It’s just the smallest one, so I just tape it up and get on with it.”

Bissland is in his 12th season with the Holm Park side and has experienced it all, with two promotions and reaching the Scottish Junior Cup quarter-final among some of the highlights from his time with the Whe-Ho.

And he always takes some pride when they beat local rivals Clydebank, but the midfielder wasn’t able to take as much joy from their 4-3 victory against the Bankies earlier in the season after being sent off for a cynical foul.

He added: “It was stupid. What was going through my head was that we’d just lost a goal, and I tried to take the guy out and missed him.

“I then ended up having to properly take him and it was something that the managers and a couple of the players weren’t too pleased with. You live and learn.”