IN THE DUGOUT | January 22nd | A glimpse of what BSC Glasgow can become.
By IAIN KING, Head Coach, BSC Lowland League brought to you in association with Sport Careers
A glimpse of what BSC Glasgow can become.
That’s what Saturday’s 3-0 win at Scottish Sun Lowland League champions Spartans was.
A tantalising little look at the potential this football club has.
To go to the title holders who are in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup and win in the manner we did is a testimony to the squad we are beginning to assemble.
After the wretched low of our numbing 4-0 loss at East Kilbride the feeling in the dressing-room afterwards at Ainslie Park on Saturday could not have been any more different.
The defence, superbly marshalled by skipper Jamie Brophy, were the bedrock of a memorable triumph as goals from Ross McKinnon, Gary Graham and Tony Wallace sealed a famous win.
Yet it’s just a start in my eyes.
We are endeavouring to put a structure in place that means next season a settled and competitive squad will have the cohesion, the togetherness – and crucially the fitness – to challenge at the top end of the Lowland League table.
With its catchment area and ambition behind the scenes the club is standing on the brink of a unique opportunity to give Glasgow another force in the professional ranks.
Spartans remain the benchmark in this league – on and off the park.
Gary Jardine’s shrewd managerial nous at Edinburgh City means they are running away with the title. He can have my Manager of the Year vote now.
Yet for a blueprint for the way forward, the club guided by chairman Craig Graham and head coach Dougie Samuel are a source of learning.
The Scottish Cup run that has so far seen Barry Ferguson’s Clyde and Jim Duffy’s Morton put to the sword on the way to next month’s last 16 clash with Berwick Rangers will further enhance Ainslie Park.
Around £20,000 will be invested in installing concrete terracing on the grass areas that remain around the state of the art 3G stadium pitch.
The infrastructure now makes it a professional club in waiting, Dougie is left with the daunting task of delivering the next step ON the pitch.
Yet just as important in Spartans’ journey is the way they have embedded themselves in their community with schemes like football after school when kids can play the game they love and drop in for a free meal as well.
The Spartans Foundation does superb work and there a number of blundering professional clubs who would be in far better shape if they had a man like Graham at the helm.
There is a goal there for BSC for me, be the Spartans of the West.
We have the membership and I believe given time Craig Young, myself and the coaching team can construct a team to challenge where it matters.
For now the time to savour Saturday is over. The biting winter – and Scottish football’s senseless lack of logic with no shutdown – meant with training off on Monday night we were on the scramble to keep momentum going.
It was great to be able to rush together two strength and conditioning sessions this week at the SK Boxing Gym run by my friend Sam Kynoch in Glasgow’s Kinning Park.
Sam is one of those rare animals, a lawyer you like. He was a fighter and is a slick businessman now and we are already set up at SK for the pre-season work beginning on July 2.
Seems a lifetime away now but that is when the hard work will start for BSC Glasgow’s next step.
For the next four months we will continue building in the league and hope to shine in the Cups.
And when days like Saturday come we will relish them, knowing that the next kick in the b***ocks is waiting right around the corner!