Departing Bo’ness United striker Steven Hislop has revealed a breakdown in his relationship with manager Allan McGonigal is the reason for him leaving the Newtown Park club.
Hislop, formerly of Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Livingston, has been with the BUs for two seasons, but has announced his decision to leave the Super League champions.
Bo’ness’ Super League rivals Bonnyrigg Rose are favourites to secure the signature of the 35-year-old, with the experienced frontman being chased by several other top-flight clubs.
Hislop, who notched 17 goals in 35 appearances for Bo’ness last season, admits he was left with no other option but to leave the club, despite being offered a new deal to stay on.
“I can’t fault the club,” said Hislop. “The club treated me very well. The committee, players and fans were all fantastic, but my relationship with the manager broke down.
“I wasn’t happy after being left out of the last league game away to Linlithgow. I don’t know why I was left out of the team and I felt I deserved an explanation as to why I wasn’t included in the squad.
“My mind was made up after that. I wasn’t going to remain at the club.”
Despite off-the-field issues affecting the striker last season, Hislop admits it was a great season on the park as Bo’ness won the title and he was capped for the international junior side.
He said: “Last season was a great season for me. We won the league and I got capped for Scotland and scored three goals in three games.”
Hislop, who turns 36 on Saturday, isn’t planning on hanging up his boots quite yet, but does aspire to get involved in coaching when his playing days are over. He continued: “I still feel I’ve got a couple years left in me and I’m still scoring goals. I know I’ve got more to offer. I want to continue playing, but I do want to get into the coaching side eventually.”
And he is looking forward to going back to Bo’ness sometime in the near future, with the striker regarded as a fans’ favourite.
“The Bo’ness fans were great with me, they were fantastic.
“I wish Bo’ness all the best for next season and I’m looking forward to going back there.”