Musselburgh Athletic boss David McGlynn believes his side has the perfect blend of youth and experience to push for a top-six place in this season’s Super League.
McGlynn has promoted the seven most promising youngsters from the club’s now-disbanded under-19 side and is confident they can help the first team improve on last season’s eighth-place finish.
“We’ve done away with our 19s side and seven of them have been added to the first team squad,” said McGlynn.
“A lot of them played at the end of last season. They’ll be in the juniors for a long time no matter what level it’s at, it might be Super League, Premier League or the South Division. For 19 and 20 year-old boys it’s great, they’ve got a chance that’s for sure. We’ve got a lot of experience in the team as well with boys that have been round the juniors for a bit, so the balance is right.”
Things have gone well so far, with Musselburgh defying pre-season predictions that they would struggle by winning their first two games of the season against Bonnyrigg Rose and Lochee United.
McGlynn added: “The formation we are playing is right and the way the players are playing in the formation I want to play is right, so it’s very good. If we can get close to last season’s point total it would be great and we’d be able to relax and not be in a relegation battle. The plan is to finish sixth, maybe fifth.”
McGlynn has been encouraged by how well striker Jordyn Sheerin has adapted to the Super League since joining from Edinburgh amateur side Heriot Vale this summer. The 24 year-old, a prolific scorer in LEAFA’s Premier Division 1 last season after spells with East Fife, East Stirlingshire and Arbroath, has scored four in his first two matches for Musselburgh.
McGlynn said: “He’s a great lad and he’s great about the place. It’s not just about signing boys with ability, you’ve got to sign the ones that have got the attitude and the work demands that I expect. He’s been about the seniors and the juniors and he went to play with his mates to get game time last year and now he’s ready to step up again.”