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Scotland's national football team may be hogging the headlines with their match against Norway this weekend, but for a squad of ex-pat islanders there's another tense game today (Saturday 18 November).

Glasgow Island AFC is playing Clydeside Athletic, at Scotstoun Astro at 10am.

"It's a big game," says Islanders team manager Murdo John Graham, an English teacher at Glasgow Gaelic school, but originally from Borve on the West Side of Lewis.

"We're halfway through the season and second from the top of the Glasgow Colleges FA Premier Division at the moment, with Clydeside Athletic one point and one place above us in the league, although we have a game in hand.

"We usually do pretty well, but sustaining the challenge of staying top of the league is very difficult.

"The last time we were in this spot was in 2015 and back then we lost the league by a point at the last minutes of the season."

Murdo has a robust team of potential players to draw his team from – among the 24 who have declared themselves available tomorrow are individuals who hail from Lewis, Harris, Skye, Arran and even the Isle of Coll.

The current squad includes players who have played for Eriskay FC, Harris, Ness, Point, Westside and Stornoway United. Over the past decade, the squad has pretty much included representatives from every club in the Western Isles.

Murdo said: "Plenty of them play both for Glasgow Island and for their own local team when they are home."

Glasgow Island have a full fixture-list not just in their league, but having reached the 3rd round of the Only Sport Scottish Amateur Cup.

They will be playing Southside AFC at Firhill on Saturday 2 December, after beating Bo'Ness United AFC 4-1 in the previous round on Saturday past.

Despite the broad choice of players, planning for consistency in a season packed with fixtures is challenging.

Murdo said: "Our form prior to this season has tended to be a little bit inconsistent because the availability of the players fluctuates.

“It's such a long season, from August to May, and a lot of guys go home for the weekend, or end up working, or elsewhere in the country.

“It takes a real and steady commitment across all those months from players to really keep a sustained challenge going. 

"Having said that, we have had a settled and consistent squad for a while now and it's showing in the results. It's a strong group, but you never know who's going to tell you they'll be missing for the next game!

"There are six teams within a few points of each other at the top end of the league but, with the players we have, if we can keep them turning up and stay injury-free we'll be there or thereabouts at the end of the season."

The pictures show the team lined up, and in action against Bo’ness last weekend (Glasgow Island AFC).