Rich says no unrest in the camp as his Pollok platoon get set to go over the top

Pollok boss John Richardson has dismissed claims of unrest in his camp ahead of this weekend's Emirates Scottish Junior Cup joust against Beith.

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Richardson has dismissed unrest claims as Jamie Docherty and Peter McMahon exit Pollok.  Picture: Stewart Attwood
Richardson has dismissed unrest claims as Jamie Docherty and Peter McMahon exit Pollok. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Supporters who should have been delighted after Saturday's 1-0 win over Glenafton were instead left concerned as the Southside giants parted company with experienced duo Jamie Docherty and Peter McMahon.

Neither figured in the starting line-up at New Cumnock albeit tough-tackling defender McMahon was a substitute.

However, Richardson has laughed off talk of a dressing-room fall out.

"People are putting two and two together and coming up with five when the truth of the matter is there has been no fall out with either player," said the Pollok gaffer.

"It's no secret that Jamie has been unhappy over his lack of game time and only last month he was on the verge of joining Maryhill on a loan deal which, unfortunately for him, did not go ahead as planned.

"Carlo Monti and Willie Sawyers are ahead of him in the pecking order and there are positive moves afoot to strengthen our striking hand.

"Under the circumstances we will not be difficult to deal with in terms of him moving elsewhere.

"His availability is sure to bring Maryhill back on to the scene and there are one or two whispers that he will sign for his former club St Anthony's. So I imagine he will be back playing sooner rather than later."

Turning his attention to one-time Kilbirnie Ladeside full-back McMahon, he added: "I believe any club planning to entice Peter into putting pen to paper will be wasting their time.

"His circumstances are uniquely different from the Doc in that he is quitting the club because of ongoing work commitments.

"These are impacting on his fitness levels through preventing him from attending any midweek training sessions.

"We were keen to still have him around the place but he recognises that Jonathan Carter and Steff Reilly are forming a decent centre-back pairing and doesn't want to just appear on a Saturday to sit on the bench."

HE ADDED: "With Paul Lovering on his way back and likely to increase the competition for jerseys, Peter feels it best to bow out now.

"He's performed superbly since returning to Pollok earlier this season and I personally would like to thank him for all his efforts."

Fellow Emirates Junior Cup hopefuls Irvine Meadow are another club with players heading out the exit door after former Partick Thistle striker Ciaron Burns was offloaded to Clydebank on Friday night.

Full-back-come-midfielder John Paul McKeever is also up for sale at his own request.

Medda gaffer Chris Strain said: "JP is a tidy and energetic player but things just haven't worked out for him here and chances are he will have limited opportunities to impress.

"The club is prepared to listen to bids for him or even enter into a loan arrangement with interested parties."

Other players on the move in Emirates Cup week include towering ex-English non-league stopper Jackson Ohackam who has been granted a free transfer by Rob Roy, while Rutherglen Glencairn have snapped up ex-Petershill front man Kieron Downs from Wishaw.

And one hears of backroom team changes at East Kilbride Thitle, whose 4-0 defeat from Carluke Rovers on Saturday was their 11th league defeat in as many matches.

Skipper Paul McAnenay has been appointed assistant boss and Robert McKenna is now coach.

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