Here we go again

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THE football season finished with the two biggest local teams facing bitter disappointment – for very different reasons.

Despite a successful league season, a playoff loss means Queen’s Park are destined for another year in division 3, where they could be joined by fellow southsiders Glasgow Rangers.

Meanwhile Pollok ended a disappointing season on a high by winning a relegation playoff.

Both southside teams are working hard and hoping for big improvements this off-season, with the Spiders already training five teams a week.

Speaking to the club website, boss Gardner Spiers said: “We were all bitterly disappointed at the ultimate outcome of the play-offs, but I was delighted with the efforts of the players throughout the course of the season.

“We amassed 63 points and scored 70 league goals - that was a tremendous effort. We are all determined to do everything we can to make sure we go one better this time”.

With Paul McGinn and goalkeeper Adam Strain considering their transfer options, gaffer Spiers is looking far and wide for replacements.

He’s also laid on a taxing pre season schedule, with a training camp in Inverclyde from today till Sunday, including a pre-season friendly against Airdrie on Saturday.

On Tuesday, QP face Ayr United, then Dumbarton on the Saturday, Queen of the South on July 17 and finally, Brechin City on July 21.

Meanwhile, Pollok have also laid on a punishing pre-season fixture list. On July 21, Lok visit Dalry Thistle, then two days later, they are away to Milngavie Wanderers.

On July 25, Lok face an away fixture against Drumchapel and on July 28, visit Edinburgh City.

Their final pre-season fixture is a glamour tie against Partick Thistle on August 1 at Newlandsfield. The club received a pre-season boost when last year’s star acquisition Carlo Monti commited to the club for the forthcoming season.

In just 15 appearances, Monti amassed 15 goals.

He said: “It’s a really big club, probably the biggest at this level. I’ve really enjoyed being here, and everyone’s made me feel really welcome”.