October 1, 2021
Airdrieonians vs Clyde
Scott McGill feels that Airdrie can forget last weekend’s late disappointment with a win over Clyde on Saturday - and that the Diamonds have the ability to take the League 1 title.
Midfielder McGill joined on loan from Hearts on the day of Airdrie’s 2-0 Premier Sports Cup win over Motherwell, grabbing a superb debut goal to put the seal on a fantastic derby victory.
He revealed just how ‘last-minute’ his signing was.
“I was about to play in a friendly and I got told about ten minutes before that I was going to Airdrie and I was playing against Motherwell - and I came on and scored.
“I couldn’t believe it myself - it was a good way to start. I never thought I’d score that, to be honest!”
McGill doubled his Diamonds tally in a 3-0 win over East Fife a fortnight ago, netting a looping effort from the left flank and sparking debate in the stands over whether or not it was deliberate.
His assessment is brief… and honest.
“It was a cross - I’m not going to lie!”
With injuries and illness hitting the Airdrie camp hard over the last couple of months, McGill has deputised in a number of different roles.
The 19-year-old is taking it in his stride and looking positively at the experience he’s gaining.
“It’s obviously new for me, but I’m learning a lot from playing in different positions. As long as I’m playing, it’s brilliant.
“I feel I’ve fitted in really well. The boys have been brilliant with me and made me feel welcome, so it’s been really good.
“There’s loads of good players here. We’ve got the potential to go and win the league.”
With the Diamonds looking to bounce back from an 89th-minute Cove Rangers winner last Saturday, Scott is determined to get back to winning ways against Clyde this weekend.
“Saturday was a sickener. We worked really hard, so for them to score in the last minute wasn’t great - but hopefully three points on Saturday will set us up nicely.”
Manager Ian Murray says morale is high in the Airdrie dressing room.
“It’s a really tough game again. We’re in good spirits and looking forward to it.
“We have to give Clyde the respect they deserve and that they’ve merited over the last two or three years, but we’ve got good players as well.”
The Diamonds boss welcomes Celtic-loanee Kerr McInroy into the match squad along with fellow midfielder Rhys McCabe, but still has doubts over defender Callum Fordyce and striker Gabby McGill.
Referee Chris Graham is the man in the middle for his first Airdrie match of the season.
Tickets are available using the link below, and our DTVLive stream is also available for those unable to make it along to the match.
Saturday October 2, 2021
Penny Cars Stadium, Airdrie
Steven Traynor, Colin McAlpine