Ex-Bellshill boss McGinty hoping for winning start at Rossvale

Rossvale's Jay McKay worked with new boss Brian McxGinty at Bellshill last season.
Rossvale's Jay McKay worked with new boss Brian McxGinty at Bellshill last season.

Former Bellshill Athletic boss Brian McGinty will be hoping to get off to a winning start as Rossvale manager when his new side take on Renfrew at Petershill on Saturday.

The ex-Rangers player was appointed manager of the Bishopbriggs club this week in succession to Martin Lauchlan, who this week took on a new role himself when he was named boss of Lowland League side East Kilbride.

And McGinty couldn’t have had a more important game to start with as his side take on Renfrew, the team they are chasing at the top of the Central First Division table.

Rossvale, chasing a second successive promotion after coming up from the Second Division last season, are third in the table, three points behind Renfrew but with two games in hand.

McGinty has been over the promotion run-in course before. Last season he steered Bellshill to promotion from the same First Division, completing the job he had helped start as assistant to Robert Downs before his mid-season departure to Arthurlie.

One Rossvale player who knows what it’s like to work with McGinty, and his assistant Stevie Aitchison, is Jay Mackay.

The attacker played a key role in Bellshill’s promotion last season and is looking forward to being reunited with his former boss.

He said: “The boys will enjoy working with him and Aitchy, they are two smashing guys and training is good quality.

“Hopefully it’s better this year as last year was only promotion. I’m hoping for one better but the same again would be nice.

“They’ll certainly get the best out of the boys and guide us in the right direction.”

Elsewhere there is action in the New Coin Holdings West of Scotland Cup with Kirkintilloch Rob Roy taking on Clydebank at Guy’s Meadow for a place in the quarter-finals and McGinty’s former club Bellshill face Arthurlie at Rockburn Park.

In the league Thorniewood United will be hoping to get their first away Central First Division success since the opening day of the season when they travel to face struggling Vale of Clyde.