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GARTCAIRN’S chairman offered Rod Stewart golden Euro 2020 tickets for the clash with Croatia last month.

But Newmains United will hope to be the ones sailing to victory as the new season gets underway this weekend.

Rocker Rod had said he’d stump up £15,000 for a brief for the winner-takes all Hampden clash.

Martin Peacock said he would sell him his for that price – and donate the funds to charity.

But there will be no handouts as football returns to Victoria Park on Saturday.

After a positive pre-season United host the ambitious Airdrie-based side on Matchday One of West of Scotland League Conference B.

The visitors are highly regarded and viewed as one of the favourites to win the division.

They recently completed improvements to their own ground, including an all-new 199 capacity main stand.

It will be named in tribute of former academy coach Gordon Wilson who sadly passed away last year.

Newmains’ preparation for the new season included taking part in the Breathing Space Cup alongside five other local semi-professional clubs from Lanarkshire.

Carluke Rovers and Royal Albert were defeated but there were also losses to Lesmahagow and eventual trophy winners Bellshill Athletic.

Kick-off for Saturday’s match is at 2pm. Tickets costs £5 for adults, £2.50 for OAPs and kids get in for FREE.