Coach Waits on Jamie’s Fitness

Coach John Sludden will give winger Jamie Glasgow every chance to be available for Saturday’s Lowland League match against Gretna 2008 at Ochilview.

Jamie limped out of last weekend’s defeat at Spartans after just 20 minutes with a hamstring problem, depriving the team of the game’s most influential player until that point.

He sat out Tuesday training at Little Kerse and will continue to receive treatment in the hope that he will be ready to go for the club’s latest game.

John is remaining optimistic about Jamie being ready to play.

FH East Stirlingshire v Stirling University 21/09/2016

“It was disappointing,” he said of the player’s injury and early withdrawal from the last game. “Jamie’s a good outlet for us and an important player in terms of what we do in the final third of the pitch. It upset us in terms of going forward on Saturday.

“Hopefully he will respond to treatment over the next 48 hours,” said the coach. “We don’t think it’s a pull and we are hoping it’s just a bit of tightness of the hamstring. But we’ll wait 48 hours and we’ll know better then.”

He says the player was disappointed himself to have picked up the injury and is keen to get back playing as quickly as possible.

“If you know what Jamie’s like then you know that he’ll do everything possible to make himself available,” said the Shire coach. “But what we won’t do is risk it if it will be better to have him sitting it out for out for a week. We don’t want him taking a chance and then being out for four weeks.”

Jamie has been in top form for Shire this season scoring six times in the league already. In his last full outing, against Stirling University, he scored one and created another in a 4-1 win.

“He’s been so important to us this season, creating goals and scoring goals,” said John. “We’ll sit down with Jamie and we will see what the best option is.”

One player who will be back for the Gretna 2008 game is Drew Ramsay. The Shire left-back was absent for the Spartans game due to a wedding. However, he will be added to the squad this weekend.

“Drew will be back,” said the coach. “He has done very well for us and has given us a better balance on the left-hand side and he always gives us a wee extra option going forward.”