Millar relishing cup-tie against Jags

STUART Millar savours the thought that his first competitive victory as Clyde manager could come against bitter rivals Partick Thistle.

But the Broadwood boss is realistic about the chances of that dream becoming a reality in the first round of the Challenge Cup on Saturday.

He said: "There's a huge rivalry there but we've got to remember that we're a third division team playing a full-time first division team. I loved beating Thistle as a player and, as a coach, I would love it.

"Hopefully we can go and put on a show and make the Clyde fans proud. I can promise that they'll see hard work and commitment from the players."

After hammering Colville Park Amateurs in their first pre-season game on July 10, the Bully Wee faced tougher opposition last Saturday in the form of Scottish Cup finalists Ross County.

The Staggies edged it 3-2 at Victoria Park however, Millar took many positives from the game.

He said: "I was delighted, we were playing a very good side. It was a bit of a team building exercise as well – doing the long trip up on the day and stopping off for a pre-match meal in Aviemore. I was pleased with the general fitness levels of the lads.

"The only disappointment was that we gave away two goals from set-plays, but we've not really worked on that yet. And, although we lost, the game was never about the result - pre-season games are about trying a few different things."

Clyde played an Everton XI in a friendly last night and will travel to Firhill on Saturday for their Challenge Cup tie with The Jags.