Rob Roy boss Maxwell looks to replace key departures

Striker Kevin Watt is leaving Rob Roy to join Linlithgow Rose
Striker Kevin Watt is leaving Rob Roy to join Linlithgow Rose

Kirkintilloch Rob Roy boss Stewart Maxwell admitted his side will face a period of transition as he looks to reshape his squad.

A marathon season finally came to an end this week - but the Rabs boss is already looking ahead.

And that means bringing in new faces as a number of the key players who have served him well depart for pastures new.

He admitted: “It’s a transitional period now for Rob Roy. We’re losing a few players.

“Kevin Watt’s away to Linlithgow, Shaun Fraser’s going to Pollok, Danny Mackenzie’s probably going to Pollok as well.

“Gary McCulloch’s away as well, he’s retiring.

“At the end of the day supporters will be disappointed but we’re not a big budget team.

“We’ve been punching above our weight, we’ve always had good players and other teams are recognising that and trying to prise them away by offering deals we can’t compete with. We’ve got to cut our cloth accordingly.”

It’s not all doom and gloom though. Maxwell has been able so far to retain the services of Willie Sawyers, Gary Carroll, Daniel Boyle, Mikey Morris, Scott Walker, Joe Slattery, Gavin Mackie and Lee Gallacher and has new signings in the pipeline.

He said: “Marquee players will go and it’s my job to try and bring the next raft of players in and hopefully they can step up to the mark with the bit of quality we have managed to keep.”