Newtongrange Star boss Alan Miller believes his side deserves more respect than they get for the two seasons they’ve competed in the Super League.
Star finished fourth in their debut campaign last year after winning promotion to the top tier for the first time after lifting the Premier League title.
This season, the New Victoria Park men are on course for a top-three finish and still have an outside chance of clinching the title if they win their remaining five league matches and Kelty slip up with two games to play.
“I don’t think we get respect from journalists and other football clubs,” he said. “We don’t get respect; all we get is negativity. Respect is only in our dressing-room.
“These guys have had a fantastic season and if somebody beats us or Bo’ness to the title, you tip your hat. We’ve taken six points off Bo’ness this season, so we are making progress and improving.”
Star travel to local rivals Bonnyrigg Rose tomorrow, a club where Miller tasted Super League championship success in his time as manager.
He said: “My club is Newtongrange and we’ll got to Bonnyrigg and treat it the same way as any other game. It’s a derby and it’s a big derby, and Bonnyrigg will be fired up for it.”
Bonnyrigg striker Steven Hislop scored a controversial opener in the last meeting between the two sides in October, when he punched the ball into the net from a corner, but tomorrow’s match could be his last for the club. The 36-year-old became Arbroath’s assistant manager last week and will depart Bonnyrigg early if the Gayfield Park side get through to the League One play-off final.
“It would be nice to sign off with a goal, but if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen. Hopefully it’s not as controversial as last time we played Newtongrange,” he said.
“It wasn’t as if it was my intention to punch the ball in the back of the net, its instinct. People can class it as cheating but it was just one of those spur-of-the-moment things and I’m sure Newtongrange have forgotten about it.”
Rose are without midfielder Joe Hamill who is suspended, while Star are also missing striker Kris Renton and Gary Cherrie after their red-cards last Saturday.