Stevie McLeish ‘can lift ’Burgh into top five’

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Musselburgh Athletic defender Jackie Myles believes new manager Stevie McLeish can lead the Olivebank club to a top-five finish in the Super League.

Former Tranent and Haddington Athletic manager McLeish was appointed last Thursday, replacing previous boss David McGlynn who resigned ahead of taking the Bonnyrigg Rose job.

McLeish is no stranger to ’Burgh centre-back Myles, with the 29 year-old having worked under his new boss as a teenager at Cowdenbeath and later at Haddington.

Myles knows McLeish has what it takes to maintain ’Burgh’s impressive start to the season, starting tomorrow in Fife, away to second-placed Kelty Hearts after last weekend’s match at Armadale was called off.

“I’ve played with Stevie for years so I am well aware of his coaching methods and the way he likes to run his team,” said Myles.

“I really like the way he runs his team, it’s really professional and his training is top notch. It’s good to be working with him again.”

Musselburgh might have been expected to take a turn for the worse after McGlynn ended his ten-year tenure with the club, but have instead rallied in his absence – unbeaten in their last three top-flight matches and sitting in fourth place.

With tomorrow’s match preceding next weekend’s clash away to early pacesetters Newtongrange Star, the Olivebank outfit will face a sterner test of their credentials.

“I think it’s the best start Musselburgh have had for a while. We’ve got a couple of harder games coming up now so I suppose that’ll be a bit of a test for us,” said Myles.

“I think we could definitely finish fourth or fifth in the league without a doubt. We need to keep plugging away, I think we have been unlucky with some of the results we have had. We need to develop a bit of consistency.”

Defender Alex Christie limped off with a hamstring strain in ’Burgh’s last match against Carnoustie Panmure, but resumed training this week and should be fit. Striker Steven MacDonald is also available.