HISTORY BOYS GET VOTE OF THANKS
BSC GLASGOW has said farewell to five of the players who helped the club to glory in the SFA Challenge Cup in their first season in the senior ranks.
Skipper Jamie Brophy, defender Kris Gebbie, midfielder Tony Wallace and strikers Aiden Malone and Gary Graham have all moved on from Lochburn Park.
They go with the best wishes of everyone at the club and the promise that they will always be welcomed back.
BSC head coach Iain King said: “Jamie was a shrewd choice by John Brogan to be the club’s first ever captain and he is both an excellent defender and a terrific person.
“He was unfortunate in some games towards the end of the season that the emergence of Callum Home and Stephen Bronsky’s outstanding form sometimes meant he started on the bench.
“As an experienced player that is not ideal but Jamie never once let himself down and his professionalism was second to none.
“We had an honest discussion, he needs to play from the start at this stage of his career and I am convinced that in a few years’ time he will become a coach to be reckoned with.”
Kris Gebbie has moved on to East Kilbride FC and coaches’ Players of the Year Aiden Malone joins Cumnock Juniors.
And the BSC coach added: “Kris was solid for us in a number of roles and deserves credit for switching out of position to left-back when we needed him there.
“With Aiden the simple truth is we cannot compete with the financial packages being offered by some of the top Ayrshire junior clubs.
“He is genuinely sad to be leaving the club and I feel he developed so much under the guidance of our strikers’ coach Ally Graham. That’s football, though.
“Tony has shone in the past in the pro ranks and has a desire to get back there and we understand that.
“He is a gifted player we enjoyed working with and he was a great personality around the club.
“With Gary we are trimming down the numbers in the top team squad to allow room for our new Under-20s players to develop and that affected him.
“He is someone we have worked with for two seasons now at EKFC and then BSC and I think the world of him as a guy and a player so I hope he gets back to his best.
“The reconstruction of squads if always a tough process but we always try to give players the honesty we wanted when we played ourselves.
“Our squad is evolving and we’re confident we can produce a side to build on the Cup success and finish further up the Lowland League table this time around.”