Whitehill boss Hislop slams no-show players

Ground rules: Steven Hislop

Ground rules: Steven Hislop

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Whitehill boss Steven Hislop had strong words for the no-show members of his squad ahead of tomorrow’s South Challenge Cup quarter-final against Glasgow University.

Welfare could only name three substitutes for Wednesday’s 2-1 extra-time defeat by Spartans in the first round of the League Cup, and Hislop didn’t mince his words on the issue. “I’ve got a small squad and I’ve told them, if boys can’t make training or games during the week, then they’re no use to me – don’t sign for me,” he said. “I’m coming here to turn this club round and win things. Certain boys have let their team-mates down and they won’t be back, I’m not having it. My boys gave me everything on Wednesday night and I was proud of them all, but it was the boys who weren’t there who have let them down.

“This is a high level – it’s not amateur football, it’s not playing in the park with your mates. It’s a chance to progress to a higher level. I said I’d try and be diplomatic with a bit of leeway but no, it’s time to lay the ground rules down.”

Spartans go to Dalbeattie Star in the Lowland League tomorrow, while Edinburgh University host Preston Athletic in the Lowland League cup.