The Big Player Interview: Michael Hornig (Tollcross Thistle AFC)

Having gone into Ayrshire for a Player Interview in midweek, the SAFN Series heads through to Edinburgh and hears from Tollcross Thistle left – midfielder Michael Hornig, writes Tom Scott.

What was the attraction about joining Tollcross?

“Alan (McKay) had messaged me a couple times and I knew a few of the boys in the the team who were very good players. The high standard at the Club attracted me.”

What are the team objectives short and long term?

“Short term is to get football back going and to win every game we play in, especially our Scottish Cup Semi-Final.”

“Long term is to continue to be one of the top Amateur sides in the country , and win everything we participate in.”

What are your personal objectives for the team?

“I’ve been fortunate enough to represent Edinburgh and Scotland so it has to be to perform well, and win trophies for Tollcross, and have those efforts noticed at Regional and National level.”

Best player you have played with and against?

“A number of the Select side are up there, but playing with Scott Dalziel taught me a lot.”

“Craigshill had a very strong team a few years back, so coming up against all of them was tough.”

What is the best prank or wind up you have seen at Football?

“When someone went for a shower at Sandys and got his towel stolen.”

Give us an in-sight on management style of Alan McKay and Sean Cobain?

“Alan and Sean know they’ve a talented group of players who should win most – if not all – games they play, so they allow us to play our own game.”

“Training is set to allow us to practice our strengths. Alan’s able to get us told when required, and Sean can play the Good Cop.”

If you could sign a player from a fellow Amateur Club to boost your Squad, who would he be?

“Paul McCracken would be a good addition as he’s a solid player on the pitch, but would also be a good character in the Dressing Room.”

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