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A full squad is at Jamie Hamill’s disposal as the manager looks to take charge of his first Stranraer game at the second attempt.

The Blues travel to Clyde on Tuesday night in the Premier Sports Cup after seeing Saturday’s contest with Greenock Morton called off.

The Cappielow side were unable to fulfil the fixture due to a Covid-19 outbreak, which saw Stranraer awarded a 3-0 win and three points.

It was disappointing for Hamill, who had been looking forward to stepping into the manager’s seat in the Stair Park dugout for the first time.

The player/manager was quick to stress it was not the way that he wanted to start the season.

He said: “Obviously, it is a difficult one because at the end of the day, it is three points and a 3-0 win.

“We are hoping everyone at Morton is safe and well and obviously it is a difficult time for everyone.”

Instead, Hamill’s reign as manager will truly get underway at Broadwood Stadium.

Broadwood holds fond memories for the Blues, who lifted the Challenge Cup at the stadium in the mid-1990s

Clyde were the odd team out in the group and were on the sidelines on Saturday, with Kilmarnock defeating East Kilbride in the other fixture.

Hamill said: “We’ve got three points on the board, we are top of the league but we start our season tomorrow night.

“It is going to be a tough game.

“They have signed some good players – as have we – and it is one that I am really looking forward to.

“We are absolutely buzzing and cannot wait to get started.

“Fingers crossed we go in and put on a good show.”

Hamill and his backroom staff heard about the postponement of Saturday’s season opener late on Friday night.

That gave them enough time to put together a team bonding exercise, which will help the new squad get to know one another.

Last meeting

Clyde 3-3 Stranraer
4 January 2020

Clyde and Stranraer played out a six goal thriller at Broadwood in January 2020

Goals have not been in short supply in recent meetings between Stranraer and Clyde with the last goalless draw almost a decade ago.

The most recent encounter came at Broadwood Stadium where Stranraer twice led and twice were pegged back.

Cameron Elliott and Jordan Allan had Stranraer two goals up at the break before David Goodwillie pulled one back. The experienced striker had scored five against Stranraer earlier in the season, including a hat-trick of penalties, and he levelled things from the spot.

Elliott scored again with eight minutes left but that man Goodwillie found another equaliser.

Clyde: Mitchell, McNiff, Petkov, Rumsby, Cuddihy, Grant, Lamont, Wallace, Johnston (Smith 46), Goodwillie, Love (Wylde 70).
Not used: McMullin, Rankin, McNeil, Lyon and McGee.

Stranraer: Currie, Robertson, Allan, Cummins, Pignatiello, McManus, Hilton, Stirling (Thomson 62), Elliott (Hamill 83), Jones, Stevenson (Johnstone 52).
Not used: McIntyre, Dangana and Burgess.

Last five meetings

  • Clyde 3 Stranraer 3 (Goodwillie x3 (Pen x1); Elliott x2 and Allan) at Broadwood Stadium on January 4, 2020
  • Stranraer 3 Clyde 0 (Cummins, Robertson and Stewart (Pen)) at Stair Park on November 2, 2019
  • Clyde 6 Stranraer 1 (Goodwillie x5 (Pen x3) and Smith; Hilton) at Broadwood Stadium on September 14, 2019
  • Stranraer 1 Clyde 3 (Anderson; Goodwillie x2 and McNiff) at Stair Park on July 24, 2018
  • Clyde 2 Stranraer 3 (McNiff and Osadolor; Agnew (Pen), Own Goal and Wallace) at Broadwood Stadium on August 15, 2017

Last five games

Stranraer

  • WIN v Greenock Morton (H): 3-0
  • LOSS v Dumbarton (A): 1-0
  • DRAW v Dumbarton (H): 0-0
  • WIN v Edinburgh City (H): 2-1 (Stirling and Orr)
  • DRAW v Stirling Albion (A): 2-2 (Own goal and Duffy)

Clyde

  • WIN v East Fife (H): 2-1 (Love and Goodwillie)
  • WIN v Dumbarton (H): 2-0 (Lamont and Cunningham)
  • LOSS v Forfar Athletic (A): 2-1 (Goodwillie)
  • LOSS v Peterhead (A): 3-0
  • WIN v Forfar Athletic (A): 1-3 (Jamieson x2 and Jack)

Last time out

Stranraer

Lineup v Dumbarton: Fleming, Robertson, Burns, Sonkur, McManus, Gallagher, Stirling (Hilton 65), Millar, Elliott (Duffy 74), Paton (Yates 74), Orr.
Not used: Devitt, Victoria, Josh Walker and Jamie Walker.

Clyde

Lineup v East Fife: Mitchell, Bain, McNiff, Rumsby, Robertson (Jamieson 69), Otoo, Cuddihy (Jack 80), Lamont (McGlinchey 69), Cunningham (Munro 87), Goodwillie, Love (Thomson 87).
Not used: Butterworth, Ritchie-Hosler and Wilson.

Admission and coverage

Stream passes and tickets are still available

Clyde have tickets remaining for Stranraer supporters, which can be bought online priced at £12 for adults and £6 for concessions, along with their live stream priced at £10.

We hope to bring you highlights on Wednesday evening.