By JOSH KANE
HE’S one of the stars of the Newmains United Christmas Message.
But Adam Robertson admits he was upstaged by his dad’s encore.
Robertson’s father and club kitman David concludes the video with a cameo appearance as Father Kitsmas.
Robertson said: “It was a good laugh doing the filming although I was cringing when I saw my dad in it at the end!
“It was pretty funny though. The boys have taken to all the off-field stuff really well. Things like the film and the other stuff we do bring a lot to the club and to us as players as well.
“There will be a lot of people outside the club looking in and seeing the effort we’re putting into things.
“By that I mean not just on the park but off it too. All the boys are buying into it and we are all on the same wavelength which I think is very important and something other clubs might not have.”
United haven’t played since their November 17 loss to Lanark United after seeing their last three clashes called off because of the weather.
They hope to resume with a home league match against Forth Wanderers this Saturday (kick-off 1.45pm).
While they’ve been inactive on the pitch Robertson reckons all the off-field activities have helped keep the momentum going.
He said: “We are a pretty close unit and the morale in the team is the best it’s ever been.
“I think that’s played a huge part in us performing better than last season. It just shows you how important everything we do together is.”
Striker Robertson is a steel engineer – and he believes United still need to iron out a few teething problems when they get back on the pitch.
He reckons the squad has come on leaps and bounds since last year’s disappointing campaign when they failed to pick up a single point.
But the fabrications worker is sure they can be even better thanks to the team spirit which has been forged by co-bosses Paul Davies and Craig Gupwell.
He added: “The commitment from the boys is a lot better than last season and I think that’s played a huge role in us starting to kick on this year.
“Last season we were turning up to training sessions with only six and seven players. The biggest challenge is getting boys to turn up.
“This year everyone is pushing each other along and helping whoever needs it. That’s something we didn’t have last year and now people actually want to come and fight for a place in the team.
“We just need to screw the head by focusing and cutting out a few mistakes. If we do that we should be able to progress the way we want to.”
To see the Newmains United Christmas Message click here.