Owner John Gall wants the club to be challenging for the Scottish Championship within ten years but to get there, they first need to make it out of the ultra-competitive Premier Division of the West of Scotland Football League.
Darvel manager Michael Kennedy is building a squad for promotion[/caption]
League Cup winner Ian McShane is one of Darvel’s top earners[/caption]
The Vale lost to Tranent at the play-off stage last year as the East of Scotland side were promoted into the Lowland League following a 2-0 win in Darvel.
Already in the side are a number of players with top flight or Scottish Championship experience including David Syme, Jordan Kirkpatrick and Ian McShane, among others – and a look on social media or Pie and Bovril around the time of these signings tells you all you need to know about the cash being bandied about.
They also have plenty of players who established themselves in the Junior ranks and their latest signing is one such man.
The Recreation Park club announced the transfer of 28-year-old attacking midfielder Jamie Glasgow from league rivals Auchinleck Talbot earlier today. No figure has been publicly declared but reports suggest a fee of £12,000 has been paid.
Glasgow had asked to leave Talbot and was placed on the transfer list and Mick Kennedy and co at Darvel were quick to snap him up.
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The attacking midfielder had been with Tommy Sloan’s Talbot side since 2017.
A Celtic youth academy product, Glasgow left to join East Stirlingshire before signing professional terms at Parkhead and stayed with the club for four years before a move to Camelon Juniors.
He would return to the Shire for a further season before his move to Talbot transpired.
Darvel confirmed the signing on Twitter, posting: “Darvel are thrilled to announce the signing of attacking midfielder, Jamie Glasgow.
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“The 28-year-old joins having played more than 50 matches during his spell at Auchinleck Talbot.”
Glasgow commented: “Thanks to the manager and the club. Looking forward to getting started!”
The Aston Villa skipper broke the deadlock for Steve Clarke’s side against Ukraine on Wednesday, using his famous backside as a handy asset to knock marker Valeriy Bondar to the ground, before drilling home.
Afterwards, McGinn had to laugh off comparisons with Kenny Dalglish’s trademark move, and confessed: “I always say if I didn’t have my backside I’d be at Yeovil or something. No disrespect to Yeovil!
“It’s something I try to use to my strengths.
“I’m not the same as any midfield player down in the Premier League. I’m not as neat and tidy as them all.
“I’m certainly different and I think that’s helped me in my career. I try and stay unique.”
However his comments caused a bad smell in the Somerset town and Yeovil’s social media admin kicked up a stink on Twitter as they gave McGinn’s comments the bum’s rush – and a dig at Scotland not qualifying for the World Cup to boot.
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They tweeted: “Fancy a trip to Huish Park in late November or December, John?
“Don’t think you’ll be too busy…”