Iain Diack is finally looking forward to his second competitive match as East Kilbride Thistle boss – with eight months between the two fixtures.

Diack took the Showpark hot seat in March and comprehensively won his first game against Wishaw 4-0.

However, after the Covid outbreak led to the season being curtailed he has been forced to wait for a second outing.

The Jags will travel to Vale of Clyde in the South Challenge Cup first round and Diack is hoping to extend his 100 per cent record.

Following controversy over the West of Scotland League, with teams walking away and leagues being redrawn, the gaffer is relieved the focus is finally on football.

“Hopefully that is the chat about the leagues done and dusted now,” he said. “We just want to focus on the games and get on with it.

“Now we’re in a week of training where at the end of it there is a meaningful match in the cup.

“It’s a positive for us and hopefully we’ll get off to a good start in the league the following week.

“It’s been a long wait for me and Kevin [Coyle, assistant] since the first game, the win over Wishaw. The next two games were cancelled then the season was over.

“It’s given me time to work with the players and work on our coaching with the players as well without having to worry about what happens on the Saturday.

"We’ve got to take the positives from it that we can, and hopefully as time goes on we will see the results from this period.

“Things will hopefully get a bit easier and we are over the worst of the pandemic. Football being back properly is a small step.”

In the redrawn Conference C, Diack expects Drumchapel to be heavy favourites for the title.

However, he hoped to see The Jags challenge for the top spots in tier seven.

He added: “When you look at our conference you probably look at Drumchapel as the overwhelming favourites with the money they have spent and the personnel.

“After that we are going into every game trying to win. If after a few weeks we are fourth or fifth we can really assess where we are going.”

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