Rutherglen Glencairn Under-16s are celebrating after winning their league with a 100 per cent record – and coach Alex Black insists it’s a well-deserved reward for his squad sticking together for a long time. epidemic.
The club have enjoyed a high profile over the past two seasons but the virus has forced their campaigns to be cancelled.
This time, however, the Glens have secured some silverware after winning 18 games from 18 en route to the Lanarkshire Youth Football Development Federation (LYFDA) crown earlier this month.
The club – managed by Tony MacDonald and coaches Alex Black, Martin Gallagher, Stuart Callaghan and Alan Dunsmure – won the championship with two games to spare.
They defeated Larkhall Thistle with a score of 4-0 in the last match, overcoming rival Claremont.
And coach Alex Black proudly said: “The boys have had a really good season, especially back from the Covid break.
“The last two seasons we have been at the top of the league just because Covid has stopped. But the boys have done well to stick together at this age all this time.
“A lot of the teams around our region have folded but we kept the same players. We thought some players could advance, but they never did. They’ve got a bonus for that now.
“Winning 18 games out of 18 is amazing. The club has only been in business for a few years and this is the first competitive season we have completed. “
The youngsters will now be able to soak up their success on a trip to Blackpool this week as they await their title performance.
Alex added: “We’re going to Blackpool to meet teams from Liverpool, London and Ireland, so it’s been a nice trip for them.
“We hope to get all the parents involved in lifting the trophy whenever we can.”