TOUGH TEST AS BSC OPEN AGAINST BUFFS
BSC GLASGOW will open their bid to win the Kilwinning Rangers tournament on Saturday against the hosts at Abbey Park (kick-off 3pm).
Ayrshire junior side Buffs reached the Final of the West of Scotland Cup last season, where they lost to Arthurlie, and gained promotion to the West of Scotland Super League First Division.
The club are co-managed by Colin Stewart, son of former Rangers and Scotland keeper Jim, and Chris Strain with ex-Kilmarnock midfielder Alan Mahood now coaching his hometown team.
Now BSC will head to Ayrshire to face the home side, highly-rated Troon Juniors and Ayr United Under-20s in the four-team knockout competition that will end our pre-season programme ahead of the Lowland League opener at East Kilbride FC on August 1.
Assistant-manager Craig Young said: “This is an ideal test for us and we will crank it up this weekend with the season now looming.
“The boys have been training hard in three sessions a week and have performed really well despite a tough last half hour in the 4-1 defeat from Albion Rovers.
“The win over Queen’s Park showed what we are capable of but really this is more about readying ourselves for the league campaign and Kilwinning will give us a good gauge of where we are.”
Summer signing Aidan Ferris is nearing a return to fitness after suffering a foot injury in the 3-2 loss to his old club Morton earlier in pre-season.
And with right-back Aaron Murdoch edging towards a start after back trouble the BSC squad is strengthened with the only absentees for this weekend being holidaying midfielders Gerry O’Connell and Kieran O’Hear.