All at Albion Rovers Football Club would like to wish Goalkeeping Coach Ross Ballantyne our best wishes after he today announced that he would be leaving the club.
Ballantyne, who has enjoyed a three year coaching spell at the Rovers made the following statement.
After three years with Albion Rovers It’s with a heavy heart that a have decided to leave my position as Goalkeeping coach at the club to take the goalkeeping coaching position at Livingston Fc.
The position suit my commitments as head of academy goalkeeping at Hearts of Midlothian , with the SFA and my own coaching business Savehands Gk as it continues to grow.
Also a big factor is I will be able more time with my family now that I will be home early on a Tuesdaynight from Hearts instead of rushing to our training in Coatbridge and have Thursday nights off.
I have been very fortunate and grateful to be involved in 1 of the most successful periods in the club’s history during my 3 season’s
A) Quarter finals of the Scottish cup (2013/14
B) Winning the league 2 (2014/15)
C) Highest ever league position in our history (2015/16)
I would to thank the gaffer for keeping me involved with his backroom team without known myself when I could have been easier to bring someone known to him in and also given me the chance to go on and win the league and work and learn off guys like Sandy Clark and Billy Stark.
I also hope to have the chance work again with Darren in the future if the opportunity arises.
I would also like to thank James Ward for taking the chance on myself in a recommendation and bring me to the club and given me the chance again in senior football!
I have been very fortunate to work with a great goalkeeping team in my 3 years.
I am very proud to have worked with Neil Parry and watch him achieve a record clean sheet record for the club and cleaning up at the poty awards in our championship season.
I am equally proud to worked with Ross Stewart as he completed his 1st full season and getting his 1st call up to Scotland u21s. As he developed throughout the season and continues to develop and reach the level that he is capable of reaching in his career. (BIG FUTURE!)
Thank you to Matty Mcginlay ,Kieran Hughes and Blair Lochhead. Behind every good number 1 there is a hardworking and good no 2 to too keep pushing the current number 1 at Albion we have been fortunate to have them as part of the goalkeeping team
A would also like to thank all my teammates. A great bunch of boys in the dressing room and wish you all a successful season
Finally would like to thank all the fans and the board !
I looking forward to returning to Cliftonhill in the new season and meeting up with familiar faces.
I wish Darren ,Billy and the team all the best for the new season and thank you for the memories.