We need to improve for Superleague challenge

Dave Baikie
Dave Baikie

Tayport boss Dave Baikie is working hard to get players in for next season’s push at the East Superleague.

Baikie has already seen four of his title winning side depart and says he’ll be looking to improve the squad and has already spoken to some potential new faces.

He said: “Murray McDowell has retired, Alan Ramsay has decided he wants to take a step back and concentrate on coaching for us, whilst Ruaridh Donaldson and Paul Thomson are moving away to continue with their studies, so that’s four good, experienced players that we’ve lost.

“I’d also expect that maybe one or two others will move on as we look to improve the quality of the squad so there’s a lot of hard work to be done.”

The manager says he thinks his squad is in a better shape to tackle the Superleague than the side which was relegated in season 2013/14.

“We want to do well and we’re not a million miles away from the teams that play in the bottom half of the Superleague,” he added.

“The team that came down the last time was quite young but we’re more experienced now and the nucleus of the squad are older boys so the challenge is to go out there and do better than we did the last time we were in the top division.”

There will be no unrealistic expectations placed on the Tayport players from the boss who says he’ll be able to gauge how well equipped his side is after the first few games.

“We’ll see then if we have the quality to do well, he said.”