'Water' good signing

Clyde splash out to reel in Lanark United ace Dougie

KIRKFIELDBANK man Dougie Imrie continued his meteoric footballing rise on Sunday, when he signed for first division senior team Clyde from local junior outfit Lanark United.

Imrie (22), who has also previously played for Clydesdale amateur sides Lanark Thistle and Symington Tinto, has agreed an 18-month full-time contract with Clyde, who recently shocked SPL leaders Celtic 2-1 in a Scottish Cup 3rd round tie.

''It's brilliant, I'm really excited at the prospect of playing for Clyde,'' the striker/winger told Gazette Sport on Monday.

''It's a dream for me and my family are also delighted. I've been waiting on this chance for ages and Clyde have given me the opportunity.

''It is a big step-up going to Broadwood, where there is a tremendous set-up.

''I've trained three times with Clyde over the last couple of weeks and they must have been impressed.

''The manager Graham Roberts and his assistant Joe Miller are both great guys with great experience.''

And Dougie, who said he was excited about earning more money at Clyde, may even make his first team debut this weekend.

''We play Gretna in the cup and hopefully I will be involved in the squad,'' he added.

''I might be on the bench, which would be brilliant.''

But Dougie said that the glamorous world of senior football won't change him, and he had a message of support for the Lanark United team-mates he's left behind.

''I realise I've scored a lot of goals recently,'' he added.

''But the boys still at Lanark are definitely good enough to win the first division.''

Lanark had until the transfer window closed on Tuesday to sign a replacement for Imrie, who netted 77 goals in 138 games during three years with United.

The youngster will take some replacing, having scored six goals and made seven assists in the last four games.