Phil Johnston: Clyde are up there with the best teams I’ve played in

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Things are going smoothly at Broadwood Stadium, with Clyde hot on the heels of Ladbrokes League 2’s current top pair – Forfar Athletic and Arbroath. But midfielder Phil Johnston is backing the Bully Wee to overcome all challengers this season.

The Clyde newboy spoke exclusively with Ladbrokes News to discuss his admiration for boss Barry Ferguson, old employers Stirling Albion and the joys of training with his teammates.

But while Johnston has quickly settled into life with his new teammates, he admits the lure of working with Ferguson was what drew him from Stirling to Cumbernauld.

“[Barry] is one of the main reasons that I came here”, Johnston told us. “I get on really well with him. The way he runs the club, and how professional things are meant that as soon as I met Barry and got involved in training, I felt like I was at a full-time team.”

“He was different class as a player, and as our manager, you always listen to him. We have a high respect for what he’s done in the game.” The 25-year-old continued.

And it’s clear Johnston has equal confidence in the ability of his teammates, saying: “We have a really good squad with an impressive mix of experienced guys and talented younger boys. We have energy, pace and a lot of ability, especially for this level. That means promotion has to be the aim.”

One club who could be pushing Clyde all the way for the title are Stirling Albion, and Johnston has no nerves about the possibility of a title tussle with the club he left during the summer.

“Stirling have strengthened”, he remarked. “And every single year it’s a tight league. So there could be three or four times right up there – including us and them – but as long as we’re up there, that’s what matters.”

And Clyde do have the benefit of a player who has won promotion from this division before.

“I did it a few seasons ago with Stirling Albion and that’s been the most enjoyable season of my career so far. To do that again would be fantastic”, Johnston explained.

Clyde are 21/20 to boost their title hopes with victory over Arbroath. Do that, and the 10/3 for them to lift the Ladbrokes League 2 crown could quickly shrink.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.