MUSSELBURGH are sure to play a major role in deciding the outcome of the McBookie.com Super League championship this season.
Tomorrow, the Olivebank outfit host leaders Newtongrange – one of five teams battling it out for east junior football’s top prize. Star are fighting it out with Bo’ness, Bonnyrigg, Linlithgow and Camelon to be crowned champions and Burgh boss McGlynn is in an ideal position to judge the contenders.
After Linlithgow strolled to the title last term – doing so without losing a match – McGlynn believes it’s good for the Junior game that so many teams remain in the mix this season.
He said: “At least this season there is a real challenge for the title. Last season it was a matter of who would finish runner-up to Linlithgow.
“There are still a lot of games to play this season and a lot of twists and turns to come which will decide where the title goes.
“We have Newwtongrange tomorrow and they have six of our former players in their squad. Keiron Renton, Chris King, Stevie Noble, Paul Tansey and Scott Gibson were all with us when we reached the final of the Scottish Junior Cup in 2011 and we look forward to welcoming them to Olivebank.”
Newtongrange go into tomorrow’s match four points clear at the top, having played two games more than second-placed Bo’ness. McGlynn admires the way Alan Miller’s men have racked up points early in the campaign. He said: “Newtongrange did exactly the same last season in winning the Premier League, they piled the points on then sat back and let the others try and play catch up. Obviously, they didn’t and it worked out really well for them.
“This season they again have quietly gone about getting points in the bag early. Linlithgow had plenty games in hand but their results have dropped off. They need teams around them to start beating each other to open up the title race.
“Bonnyrigg have slipped a bit with their defeat at home to Camelon but it just shows just how tight the games are between the top sides. Bonnyrigg can still bounce back but it will be hard for them.
“Bo’ness are flying high on two fronts with the Junior Cup and the Super League. They could, if they are not careful take their eye of what’s important and let both slip away. I think their main challenge will be the Junior Cup.
“Linlithgow have found a sticky patch with a string of poor results but, I think they will come back strongly in the run-in. The team coming in under the radar is Camelon. I have been impressed with them this season. Danny Smith has them firing on all cylinders both in the cup and the league.
“So it’s going to be a good run-in towards the end of the season.”
Musselburgh have signed Kevin McDonald from Bonnyrigg with Andrew Sinclair and Dale Cornet going out on loan to Haddington to get some game time under their belts.
Musselburgh bounced back to form last week when they drew 1-1 at Tayport after their poor performance in the Scottish Junior Cup against Glenafton.
Elsewhere in the Super League, Bo’ness travel to Ballingry. Bonnyrigg are at home to another Fife side, Hill Of Beath. Broxburn, who take on Camelon at Albyn Park, have seen star midfielder Scott Pittman play a couple of trial games for East Fife. Linlithgow need to stop the rot with a win at home to Lochee United after dropping ten out of a possible 12 in the league.