Feb 8 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
JIMMY BOYLE says he tried to persuade Alan Gow to make a sensational return to Airdrie.
The 29-year-old trained with the Diamonds last week in a bid to keep his fitness ticking over as he searched for a new club.
Boss Boyle was delighted to welcome back Gow who helped Airdrie to the Second Division title in 2004.
And the manager admitted he asked the forward – who now looks set to sign for Iranian Pro League side Rah Ahan – if he would consider turning out for his promotion play-off chasing side.
He told Advertiser Sport: “Alan phoned me up and asked if he could come along to training and I said he could come in whenever he wanted.
“You could see that he is a quality player. He has great ability and I think he will get himself a club.
“Of course, I asked if he wanted to come back to Airdrie. I would have been daft not to.
“I told him if he was looking to play games as a trialist to get himself match fit then it wouldn’t have been a problem.
“But his outlook is elsewhere; we know that and we do wish him all the best for the future.”
Boyle’s mind will now turn to a difficult February fixture list which will see Airdrie play three games on the road.
The Diamonds will travel to Brechin City this Saturday before heading to East Fife and Arbroath after a home clash with Stenhousemuir.
“It’s a big month for us and we know we need to start winning games,” Boyle added. “Draws are really no good to us.
“I feel that our away performances have been pretty good recently apart from the defeat to Cowdenbeath.
“We know it’s going to be a tough run. It won’t be easy going to places like Brechin, East Fife and Arbroath.
“But sometimes we are our own worst enemies with the goals we concede which is why we have got to be strong as a unit.
“Going forward, we can create chances and score goals. It’s now a case of keeping the back door shut.”
Meanwhile, former Livingston defender Cameron MacDonald’s signing will be confirmed in the next week.
The 22-year-old has agreed to stay with the Diamonds until the end of the season.
But his forms will not be registered at Hampden until the club is ready to cope with his two-match suspension.
MacDonald can play one more fixture as a trialist so is available for this Saturday’s trip to Glebe Park.
“We know he will have a two-match ban once his signing is complete,” Boyle said.
“I thought he was excellent before his red card against Dumbarton and he then did well in the win over Stirling Albion.”