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2022/2023

Clyde

In


Brian McLean (def) (Morton); Peter Grant (def) (Queen’s Park); Ray Grant (mid) (Stirling); Kurtis Roberts (mid) (Stirling); Conner Duthie (mid) (Dumbarton); Nathan Hendji (def) (Gretna); Ross Lyon (def) (Stenhousemuir); Jordan Allan (att) (Airdrie); Cammy Ross (mid) (Whitletts); Olly McDonald (att) (Gretna); Andy Rodden (def) (East Stirling); Liam Scullion (mid) (Fauldhouse); Euan Cameron (mid) (Gretna); Steven Thicot (def) (free agent)

Out


Kevin Nicoll (mid) (Kilwinning); Gregory Tade (sp)(att) (Cumbernauld); Mark Docherty (r)(def) (FC Edinburgh); Jonathan Page (sp)(def) (East Kilbride); Conrad Balatoni (def) (Civil Service); Ally Love (r)(mid) (Dumbarton); Scott Rumsby (sp)(def) (Pollok); Robert Jones (sp)(att) (Finn Harps); Billy Mortimer (def) (Clyde); Owen Andrew (att) (Linlithgow); Monday Samuel (mid), Kieran McGrath (att), Aaron Splaine (sp)(mid), Adam Livingstone (r)(def), Matty Elsdon (sp)(def) (all released);

Clyde manager Danny Lennon has specialised in getting the most out of squads that do not look like they should be able to cope at their level. Clyde appeared to have the poorest team on paper in League One last season and, while they struggled for periods of the season, they finished eighth in the standings. Somehow they defied the loss of David Goodwillie, who carried them for years, to achieve a third survival in succession. They approach this season with that same thing in mind. Once again there has been a huge overhaul in the playing staff. As many as 15 players have left the club – just about the whole playing staff – and yet not a single one has gone to team that finished in a stronger position than the Bully Wee last season. That highlights how weak they were individually. Similarly, the signings they have made are uninspiring. Again they represent a rather disparate group of players. Easily the most notable are Peter Grant and Brian McLean, who will likely form the spine of the defence and should do so capable. Otherwise, they have typically pulled players from League Two, the Lowland League or even lower. It means that many of thee players are simply unknown quantities at this level. Ray Grant is one player that Clyde fans are expected to see back, and he has been joined by fellow recruit from Stirling Albion Kurtis Roberts. The pair did not dovetail well in League Two, and there is little reason to suggest they will fare any better a step up. Indeed, it is perhaps no coincidence that Clyde’s first positive result in the League Cup came when both were benched. Indeed, Clyde fared worryingly in that competition. They were blown away by Hibs, losing five first-half goals, and then beaten at home by Bonnyrigg before surprising Morton, reprising one of Lennon’s party pieces – beating teams at home that they should have no right to.

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Clyde will be battling against the drop once again. Survival is likely to be touch and go.

Season Review
2020/2021

№8: Clyde

In their first season back in League One, Clyde secured survival on the last day of the season thanks to a dramatic win over East Fife. That was their fourth victory in five games, accounting for 12 of the 20 points they won in the campaign. Certainly, Clyde had a knack of timing their run just right, having struggled for the duration of the campaign. Indeed, after the second week of the season, they would only finish one matchday higher than eighth. The problems that appeared evident when they arrived into this campaign proved true, namely that they would be reliant solely on David Goodwillie for goals. This proved to be the case for the early part of the season as they finished up before the shutdown with three wins from eight games. Interestingly, the victories they achieved came against some of the better teams in the league. Clyde, though, were not a team suited to sitting back and defending. Despite the acquisition of Tom Lang in the heart of the defence – he had a good season – they were weak at the back. They were not aided by a midfield that was much too easy to break through for much of the season – and indeed it was in this area that they were truly at their worst. A Hail Mary signing in the form of Kevin Nicoll actually proved effective, which was rather logic defying. Meanwhile, in the second half of the season, they added to their offensive threat by signing Lewis Jamieson from St Mirren, who took some of the weight off Goodwillie. Having survived this time around, though, Clyde should feel more confident about their prospects next season. The squad certainly needs added to, with all areas of the team needing upgrades if they are to achieve safety again.


Player of the Season: David Goodwillie

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