Carluke Rovers boss Mark Weir fears players will quit football

Carluke Rovers manager Mark Weir has revealed that some of his football playing pals have vowed to quit the sport, even if the minor Scottish leagues do return soon following the long coronavirus sabbatical.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 10:39 am

Weir, who thinks this season should be scrapped ahead of a return in the 2021-22 campaign, told the Carluke and Lanark Gazette: "With the long lay-off the players have had, I’ve spoken to a few players at other clubs who are friends or guys I played alongside and they have not missed the football.

"They’ve been enjoying spending their time off and they reckon they’re not going to go back to playing football which is a bit of a shame because they’re decent players.

"They have been enjoying spending more time with their families. I can understand that viewpoint, especially if they have young kids.

"One of them has taken up golf and is enjoying that. You might get a handful of guys at other clubs that are doing the same.

"Hopefully none of the boys at Carluke Rovers get the same feeling.

"As long as any of my squad haven’t got that same feeling, I’ll be looking to keep them all.

"None of my boys have mentioned quitting.

“They are still willing to carry on, go ahead and I’m sure they’ll be ready and raring to go whenever they can.”

Weir, who has a playing squad of 20, hopes most – if not all – of these guys will still be at John Cumming Stadium next season.

The Rovers boss this week received the good news that he is to retain his maintenance job at Gl asgow Airport.