Wednesday 25th July 2018

GRANT ADAM knows what it’s like to see Dumbarton win promotion.

In fact, he had the best seats in the house for the six goals Sons scored against Airdrie across the two legs of the play-off final six years ago.

He was in goal for the Diamonds.

Now he wants to be part of another promotion for Dumbarton – this time in a positive way.

And he is even hopeful that there won’t be the need for another play-off final in League One – if Sons can perform to the maximum over the next nine months.

Grant started his career at the C&G Systems Stadium with two clean sheets before a Kris Boyd hat-trick for Kilmarnock made the difference on Saturday as Dumbarton were beaten 4-2.

Speaking to www.dumbartonfootballclub.com, Grant said: “We’ve assembled a really good squad and we’re looking forward to the season. We’re looking to challenge at the top of League One.

“That”s why I came here – I want to be challenging for honours. With the players we have, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be doing that.

“We were disappointed to lose four goals against Kilmarnock. We started off well but when they bring on a player of Boyd’s quality they give themselves a chance.

“He’s not the top goalscorer in Scotland for nothing.

“We gave ourselves a decent chance against a Premiership team. We fell short in the end, but the boys acquitted themselves really well. We stood against them for most of the game.

“It was also good for us to win the penalty shootout against Spartans with me saving two penalties, and then to beat Queen’s Park.

“It’s been great for me at Dumbarton so far. The manager has brought me in and the way I’ve been looked after has been second to none.”

Before the league kick-off, there is one more Betfred Cup fixture, on Saturday at St Mirren.

Realistically, only a win over 90 minutes will give Sons any chance of qualifying for the last 16.

He added: “We’re looking forward to facing St Mirren. Hopefully we can go there and show what the manager is trying to do.

“We’ll look at it a positive and another opportunity to move forward.

“We’ll need to manage the game a bit better when we are under pressure. We might have got a result on Saturday if we had done that but there were positives to take.

“After that we hope we can start the league season positively.”

Andy Galloway

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