January 24, 2022
Clyde vs Airdrieonians
Jordan Allan insists Airdrie must take their League 1 title challenge one game at a time as the Diamonds prepare to face Clyde on Tuesday evening.
The Lanarkshire neighbours try again after the original Broadwood tie was abandoned due to fog. Airdrie were leading 2-1 in December when referee Barry Cook called a halt to proceedings, Gabby McGill scoring both Diamonds goals before leaving the field on a stretcher.
Fellow striker Allan has led the line since McGill’s unfortunate injury, performing well in recent weeks. The 23-year-old is keen to keep his name on the teamsheet.
“I was just waiting on my chance and I took it, hopefully I can keep playing and keep impressing the gaffer.
“I was patient enough to wait on my chance and I think I’ve done well back in the team - but again, it’s down to the gaffer and I’ll be ready if it comes to it.”
The latest of Allan’s hardworking performances came at Firhill on Saturday, with Airdrie exiting the Scottish Cup after a narrow defeat at the hands of Partick Thistle.
Allan says the Diamonds just didn’t get the break of the ball on the day.
“We gave it absolutely everything, we just couldn’t put the ball in the net.
“It’s disappointing not to go through in the cup, but I don’t think you can fault the players, everybody gave absolutely everything - we just needed that wee bit of luck maybe, a chance to fall in the six-yard box for a tap-in.”
The former Wolves prospect, who is back at the Penny Cars Stadium for a third spell since making his first-team debut as a 14-year-old in 2013, was full of praise for the tremendous backing of the Diamonds support.
“Obviously the fans were terrific, you heard them all through the game singing.
“Especially at the end when the boys were a wee bit tired, they got us through it. It’s good to see them out in numbers again.”
With the Scottish Cup adventure over for another season, attention turns back to the cinch League 1 campaign as the Diamonds make the short trip to Broadwood on Tuesday.
A win would put Airdrie within five points of Cove Rangers at the top of the table, and Jordan believes he and his team-mates need to take the challenge game by game.
“We just need to do our thing, one game at a time, three points at a time. We just focus on the next game and whatever happens round about us happens.
“We’ll just be taking Clyde then whatever happens after Clyde - that’s us.”
Manager Ian Murray has overseen five wins in the last five league matches, and is keen to keep that run of form going - a run which the manager believes started in December’s abandoned match.
“We’re looking forward to it - obviously it was the game that was called off because of the fog.
“That was a while ago now, and that was the game where we started to get our mojo back and started playing really well.
“It’s good to get another game and get Saturday out of the way.”
Josh Kerr and Calum Gallagher got more minutes under their belts at Firhill as the pair return from injury, but defender Luke Lyons and strikers Salim Kouider-Aïssa and Gabby McGill remain sidelined for the Diamonds, who add loanee Kyle MacDonald to the squad.
Matthew MacDermid referees the Broadwood clash, his first Airdrie match of the season.
Tickets and streaming access are available through hosts Clyde using the link below.
Tuesday January 25, 2022
Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld
Daniel McFarlane, Craig Macrae