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MetiNews.Com - Iain Diack reckons stars simply won't turn up if they are forced to get into their cars in dirty kit to get home when the WOSL kicks off
Breaking News ! EK Thistle boss Iain Diack says denying players changing room access could leave teams without key men in the depths of winter – because they won’t want to get into their cars in dirty kit. The Jags played their first game in six months on Saturday when they lost 3-0 away to Blantyre Victoria in a friendly, which was played behind closed doors. Read More Related Articles West of Scotland League chairman reveals kick-off set to be pushed back Under current guidelines, players must arrive stripped for the game and return home without a shower or use of changing rooms to limit the spread of Covid-19. Lanarkshire lower league return Clyde face Partick Thistle derby opener Albion Rovers start with Stenny Jags and Falkirk 'like everyone else' Rovers boss slams closed-door start idea But with the new season set to kick-off on October 10, Diack is calling on the governing bodies to solve the conundrum before the competitive action gets underway He said: “We need to sort out a lot of problems as the weather gets worse and boys can’t get showered. Thistle players in training at the Showpark (Image: Iain Diack) “The league starts in October, so you are coming straight into your winter months after that; the weather isn’t going to get better. “If guys are getting drenched - and mucky - and we are expecting them to go into their brand new car or whatever, then guys will end up going: ‘Naw, I’m not coming this week, it’s gonna be pouring with rain and I’ve just bought a new car.
. “The league needs to come up with a way to get the dressing rooms opened up.”
East Kilbride Thistle boss Iain Diack, pictured with assistant Kevin Coyle, is looking forward to the new league
(Image: Douglas McKendrick/East Kilbride News)
In the top flight in Scotland, Premiership players - who are regularly tested for Covid-19 - are allowed access to changing rooms in separate areas from their opponents, but also go home without showering. Diack added: “From what we’ve been told, you need to be in contact with someone for 15 minutes for it [Covid] to be passed on, so I don’t see why boys getting quickly washed, dried and away can be an issue. “It definitely needs looked at.”
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