Quitongo tips old side for the drop

Jose Quitongo, in action for a Hearts XI last year, will be turning out in aid of the Les Hoey DreamMaker Foundation next month.
Jose Quitongo, in action for a Hearts XI last year, will be turning out in aid of the Les Hoey DreamMaker Foundation next month.

Jose Quitongo is no stranger to relegation battles, having endured them during his time at both Hamilton Accies and St Mirren.

Unfortunately for his old side, the winger has tipped the Buddies to be the ultimate losers in this season’s four-way shoot-out to avoid finishing bottom of the Scottish Premiership.

Quitongo said: “I hesitate to say they are fun, but a relegation battle really does show you what teams are made of.

“I enjoyed scrapping away every week as I had the mental toughness to deal with it and it will be up to the players today to show they have it too.

“It remains to be seen if Partick are really dragged into it, but Ross County have found some great form in recent weeks and Motherwell seem to be starting to show something so, unfortunately, I think you would have to tip my old club St Mirren to go down.

“However, each club has the players to get themselves out of trouble so it will just be who is most up for the fight.”

Quitongo joins other ex-pros such as Tom Boyd, Derek Ferguson and Bob Malcolm, DJ Des Clarke and River City actors Scott Fletcher, Jordan Young and Gerard Miller for a charity match in aid of the Les Hoey DreamMaker Foundation on April 26 at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.

He said: “I’ve known Les for many years and I’m always happy to help such a good cause.

“I keep myself fit so I’ll be delighted to get back out on the pitch and it’s always good to catch up with some of the lads from my era.”

Motherwell welcome Quitongo’s old side Accies to Fir Park on Friday.