BSC GLASGOW Ross McKinnon will battle back to full fitness
BSC GLASGOW midfielder Ross McKinnon has vowed to battle back to full fitness because his new role as a gym instructor means he’s got no excuses!
The gifted 22-year-old former Motherwell and Clyde player has had highs and lows so far in his time at BSC following Barry Ferguson’s decision to let him go from League Two Bully Wee.
Ross was superb when he first arrived and starred and scored a memorable free-kick in the brilliant 3-0 win away at Lowland League champions Spartans.
Yet he has also suffered knee ligament damage and faced a fitness fight to come back from that and he confessed: “I battle with it but when the bug is there for my football the fitness follows and honestly the bug is back because I so want to be a part of this at BSC.
“I will get a grip and get back to 100 per cent because I have got a new job as a gym instructor and no-one wants a fat gym instructor!
“Seriously, there are no excuses now and I think being in that environment will help me.
“I need to get in shape again and repay Iain King and Craig Young’s faith in me, I have stepped down a level in some people’s eyes but this is a bigger challenge for me.”
McKinnon scored his third BSC goal at the weekend when he netted direct from a corner in the 2-1 SFA Challenge Cup quarter-final win over Vale of Leithen.
And he smiled: “For the club to be in the semi-finals in Season One is a great achievement.
“I scored direct from a corner and the referee and the linesman both gave me it so I am definitely claiming it!
“My confidence has taken a knock the last couple of years if I am honest, I had some bad times when I wasn’t playing at Elgin City for instance.
“But Jim Duffy got me buzzing again at Clyde and got me fit again and gave me a new contract.”
Duffy’s managerial switch to full-time League One Morton and the arrival of Rangers legend Barry Ferguson would eventually spell the end of McKinnon’s time at Clyde.
And that was despite him impressing in an 8-1 League Cup defeat for Ferguson’s side at Ibrox back in August.
Ross reflected: “Duff moved to Morton and although I had a good start under Barry it faded out for me there.
“We lost 8-1 at Ibrox but to be honest I thought I was one of the few who held their own in a slight way.
“I was in a back four that lost eight goals that night but in a bizarre way I enjoyed the game because it was Rangers at Ibrox.
“After that Barry was positive, he spoke to me and said I’d done well and I got a little run in the side after that. It didn’t last, though, so I have to accept that and move on now.”
McKinnon has been hugely impressed by the platform he has to rehabilitate his career at BSC Glasgow.
And he stressed: “I can see progress here, we played really well when we lost 2-1 at Spartans in the League Cup and I felt then we had the makings of a good side.
“I was proven right in the 3-0 win at Spartans in the league and now we are in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.
“My three goals have been a decent start and I just want to see this team grow in a league where the standard has surprised me.
“The Lowland League is packed with talent and I see the potential at this club. I looked about at the Sportsman’s Dinner and saw Neil Lennon, David Moyes and Naveed from Still Game and thought this place is alright!”