Scott wants to make his mark
NEW loan signing Scott McGleish helped inspire Orient to victory against Crewe on Saturday and then insisted he has a point to prove, WRITES TREVOR DAVIES. The striker, now 35, has joined the O s on loan until the end of the season from League Two title-c
NEW loan signing Scott McGleish helped inspire Orient to victory against Crewe on Saturday and then insisted he has a point to prove, WRITES TREVOR DAVIES.
The striker, now 35, has joined the O's on loan until the end of the season from League Two title-chasers Wycombe in what will be his third spell at Brisbane Road.
However, it's not Wanderers boss Peter Taylor, but the Orient fans that McGleish feels he has a to prove a point.
The veteran hit-man, who scored 26 goals for Wycombe last season, is relishing the challenge of playing a part in Orient's relegation battle and said: "I don't think I have anything to prove at Wycombe, I did that last season with the goals I scored there.
"But I feel I have some unfinished business here at Orient, because I was sold before I fulfiled my potential, and I don't think the fans saw the best of me."
McGleish started his professional career at Charlton, and it was during his time at the Valley that he first signed for the O's on loan during the 1994-95 season.
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Following a brief spell at Peterborough, he joined Orient in November 1996 in a �50,000 deal and scored seven league goals in 36 games before he was sold to Barnet in September 1997.
McGleish is delighted to be back at Brisbane Road and marked his debut in Saturday's 1-0 win against Crewe, with a powerful performance.
"Wycombe weren't sure if they wanted to let me go or not and left the decision to me and I decided I wanted to come here," he said.
"Hopefully, I will be playing a lot more than I was at Wycombe and will get the opportunity to score goals.
"The manager has told me he needs goals and I told him I've proved I can do that and, hopefully, I'll get more."
Certainly, McGleish has an impressive pedigree and the Barnet-born striker, who has 204 career goals to his name, has worked with boss Geraint Williams before when the recently-appointed manager was at Colchester.
McGleish had a great chance to add to that goal tally in the second half, but failed to touch the ball home from close range.
"I got my first senior goal here and I should've got my next senior goal with that attempt," he smiled rueful afterwards.
"I'm just thankful it wasn't a crucial miss as we ended up with the three points.
"It was my first game in three weeks. I've not played 90 minutes since the end of January. I know the fitness is there, I just need to add quailty to the fitness and that will come, it's not a problem.
"The result lifts us out of the bottom four, which gives us a boost and now we're looking upwards."
Williams was delighted with his new signing and said: "Scott's a man's man and in a relegation fight he's just the sort of player you want to have on your side. I thought he led the line really well.