Long-serving ‘Flyer’ targets First Division

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AS THE club’s longest serving player, fans’ favourite Kevin McMullen is more qualified than most to sum up how everyone felt after the Third Division title was secured, writes Brian Stormont.

‘Flyer’ has seen the highs and lows during his nine years as a first team player at Gayfield, so the achievement was one close to his heart.

“Fantastic,” he quite simply told the Herald after the victory over Montrose.

“I’ve never felt anything like this. To be champions really is a great feeling.

“Obviously we were 10 minutes behind and we heard from the crowd what the Albion Rovers score was. This is the highlight of my career. This would be the highlight of anyone’s career.

“Coming up from the Second Division felt good, but nothing compares to this.”

McMullen revealed that when he left on his honeymoon last year the club had only three players signed. “I returned and found out we’d signed 10 players and I thought it’s going to be difficult getting the team to gel. But the manager brought in some real quality which has been shown throughout the season.

“After the first quarter things were not looking too good, but something just clicked and now we are champions. I really hope we can keep this team together.”

And ‘Flyer’ is now targeting another promotion to the First Division.

“If we can keep these players I see no reason why we can’t be challenging for promotion again next season. You just have to look at the way we competed with Dunfermline who are top of the First Division in the cup games. We kept them out for 70 or 80 minutes, so we know we can take on the best.

“I don’t believe we have anything to fear in the Second Division. There is no point in competing in a league if you don’t go in from the start believing you can win it.”