Lowland League | Spartans out to sparkle under the lights at the home of the Diamonds

Posted on Friday, March 17th, 2023

The Spartans are back in action for a rare Friday night under the lights this season when they travel to the home of Airdrieonians where they face another title challenger in the shape of Celtic B.

This will be the side’s second game in just 72 hours against fellow title challengers however these are the games that defender Mikey Allan has aspired to playing in since his time working his way through the Academy Pathway system.

“Tuesday to Friday is a quick turnaround for us but our focus is on collecting another three points. It’s getting to that time of the year where we are having to go to places and pick up points where we perhaps have some tired legs as it’s a long, demanding season however we just need to keep on going and with the depth in the squad this year, we know lads can come in at any stage to put in a solid shift.”

Mikey was once again in on the goals on Tuesday night, netting his 10th goal in 88 first team appearances.  It was the opener in a four goal first half flurry against Stirling University and whilst it may have taken many neutrals in the stand by surprise, Allan wasn’t so sure.

“Nah, I don’t think it was such a surprise to be honest.  We’ve been training hard and we’re on a good run at the moment.  We went into the game with everyone up for it and we knew it was going to be biggest game of the season in terms of expectations and whilst four nil at half time maybe flattered us slightly, I thought we played well and deserved it.  I’m not surprised of the performance we put in as I know the guys are more than capable of it.”

He plies his trade at the back and has been instrumental in helping contribute towards seventeen competitive clean sheets for the club this season. However he’s not been shy in popping up at the ‘other end’ to grab a goal on occasion, scoring eight so far this campaign.

“I’m pleased with the way I’m playing at the moment and I’m glad to be helping the boys up top as well as keeping a clean sheet at the back.  Obviously as a defender it’s more important for me to be focussing on the latter but it’s always nice to get a wee goal to help out the guys too.”

Mikey is one of several in the squad who have come through the Academy system, which are identified in the match programme team lines with an (A) to show recognition for players graduating through the player pathway ranks. 

Whilst now one of the first names on the Gaffer’s line-up, the defensive powerhouse had these words of wisdom for those looking to follow his pathway progression.

“When you first move up into the first team, you might not necessarily get your chance right away, but it will come.  You just need to be patient.  Progressing from the Development Squad to the First Team is a big step up however when your time comes and your presented with a chance, grab it with both hands. I did and I’m grateful to be able to play regularly with such a great bunch of guys.”

Kick-off at Excelsior Stadium is 7.45pm.

Our Under 20s are also in action on the road where they travel to Cumbernauld to take on the Colts on the back pitches at Broadwood in Conference A.

Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 16th December
Opponent: Elgin City
Venue:Borough Briggs
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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