Summer games the way forward says boss

Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.
Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.

CARNOUSTIE Panmure manager Ian Gilzean is getting just a little tired of pandering to the weather.

After Saturday’s game against Lochee United was cancelled due to a frozen pitch, he joked: “Another great performance! No, it’s just another one of those things.

“No, you’d rather play. It seems to happen quite a lot now. We just have to deal with it as best we can. There’s not a lot we can do at this time of year.”

The idea of changing the timing of the football season appeals to Ian. He said: “I think we should have summer football rather than just a winter break.”

With junior clubs like the Gowfers apt to suffer more in severe weather than SPL clubs, Ian cannot see any drawbacks.

He said: “I think the Juniors should definitely try it, there’s nothing to lose. It could be reviewed after two or three years.

“More people will come out. You only have to look at the St Johnstone v Aberdeen game the other night. It was blowing a hoolie and there were only about 1,700 people there.”

He cited the examples of Norway and Sweden and also of the League of Ireland which introduced summer football in 2002, and possibly as a result saw it’s first entry into the EUFA Europa League in August.

He said: “Southern Ireland have done it and they’ve improved their quality. Just look at how well Shamrock Rovers have done getting into Europe this year.

“It’s worth giving it a shot and see how it goes. If they don’t like it then they can always go back. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”