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Manager's View - International break

12th October 2011

JIMMY BOYLE says the international break was nothing of the sort for Airdrie.

There were no league fixtures at the weekend due to Scotland's Euro 2012 qualifier with Liechtenstein in Vaduz.

But the Diamonds players were kept ticking over after four friendly matches were staged at New Broomfield in less than a week.

Airdrie welcomed Drumchapel Amateurs to the stadium last Monday night before the under-19s got a run-out 24 hours later.

Paul Hartley's Alloa Athletic were next up on the Thursday ahead of a game with a Celtic XI, featuring South Korean full-back Cha Du Ri and ex-Diamond Tony Watt, at the weekend.

Boss Boyle says the results were unimportant and revealed that giving his players vital game-time was the coaching staff's priority.

He said: "It was a good few days for us and we kept ourselves busy with a number of matches which particularly helped those who haven't been playing every week.

"We played Drumchapel and then arranged a game for the under-19s the following night.

"Both ourselves and Alloa played 'mix and match' teams last Thursday and that was a good workout for us.

"All of our younger players then played Celtic and that was a fantastic experience for them."


Boyle was impressed with former player Watt and added: "He did very well and looked really sharp. "You can see that he's developed in the past few months and I'm sure it will come for him very soon."

The Diamonds return to Second Division action this weekend when they travel to Glebe Park to face Brechin City.

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