The footballers of Carluke over-35s have sealed a promotion which could ultimately see them playing against some of Scottish football’s legends.
Last Friday night’s 2-0 success over Gartcairn at John Cumming Stadium means that the possibility of lining up against the likes of James McFadden, Peter Lovenkrands, Lee McCulloch, Andy McLaren, Rob McKinnon and Bob Malcolm is just a two-legged play-off away.
Carluke over-35s gaffer David Goodwin told the Carluke and Lanark Gazette: “It would be a real eye opener for us to come up against guys who were maybe our heroes.
“A few of our players are Motherwell fans so they would be very keen to play against McFadden.
“And we have a few Rangers fans who would love facing Lovenkrands, McCulloch or Malcolm.”
Goals by Douglas McLeod and Gareth Davies sealed Carluke’s win over Gartcairn, which guarantees they have topped Division 2C of the Football Central 35s League.
In turn, this means Carluke have qualified for a two legged play-off against Division 2D champions Kilsyth over-35s this autumn, with the winners earning a coveted promotion to Premier Division 1.
“I’m confident that the boys can win the two legged play-off,” added David (42).
“I don’t see many teams being able to live with us.
“But it will be a hard game as – like us – Kilsyth are undefeated in the league this season.
“The two teams have never played each other so don’t know one another.
“We just need to let the boys keep playing the way we have been and we have nothing to fear.
“Getting promoted would be brilliant as we have never played at that higher level before.”
David said that the team’s success this season owed much to the players being more committed, with increased dedication as far more of them are travelling to away matches.