Clyde are refusing to rule out a move back to Rutherglen with fans divided on proposals to relocate to East Kilbride and change the club name.
Members of the Community Interest Company were last Saturday briefed on a proposal that could see the club move to a purpose-built 10,000 seater stadium in the Langlands area of the new town.
The move would involve changing the club name to EK Clyde.
Members will vote on April 20, with 75 per cent of a 50 per cent turnout required to approve the move.
We reported last week that discussions between Clyde and Rutherglen Glencairn about a possible ground share were over, but Clyde director Gordon Thompson this week said they were in discussions with South Lanarkshire Council about other parts of Rutherglen. It is understood this could include land at Burnhill near Glencairn’s Clyde Gateway Stadium.
He said: “East Kilbride is a tangible option that’s on the table and that is why we have put forward this as our preference.
“(Rutherglen) absolutely remains on the agenda but at this moment in time we are pursuing other options.
“Relatively speaking we are in good financial health, it is not a case of East Kilbride or bust, but it’s obviously a significant opportunity.
“If the owners do not vote that way we’ll need to deal with the consequences of that. We have a lease at Broadwood and we would go back to the drawing board, but East Kilbride as an option would be finished.”
Supporters on football forums were this week split on the move, which could happen within three years.
One fan said: “Give it a decade and it will be East Kilbride FC.” Another argued: “We will still have the same badge, club colours and history and most folk will still refer to us Clyde.”
Eric Lennon, chair of the Castlemilk Clyde Supporters Association said the name change would be a “bitter pill to swallow.”
He added: “There was quite a discussion over why it was needed but apparently some people want it in the fixtures and results for publicity.
“There is a feeling there is something down the line with this, that it might lead to a complete change.”
Gordon Thompson said the name change was a “condition of the investment being made available.”
He added: “We understand the sensitivity involved in that change. ‘Clyde’ will remain part of the name. It really is about reinforcing the intent that this might be our next move but it will also be our last move.”
Rutherglen MSP James Kelly said he hoped a move to Rutherglen could be resurrected: “Rutherglen is the traditional home of Clyde and many local people still identify with the club.
“Even at this late stage I would welcome any moves that would make Clyde in Rutherglen a viable option.”
A spokesperson for South Lanarkshire Council said: “We can confirm we have been approached by officials from Clyde FC about the possibility of them moving to a site in Rutherglen.”