Lanark United will relish a place in the West of Scotland League – because they want to test themselves at the highest possible level.

Boss Colin Slater says the proposal is becoming a more attractive prospect the more he thinks about it, because it gives them a crack at top-rated teams.

While he acknowledges that United couldn’t compete financially with the big boys, Slater reckons they could hold their own on the pitch.

He said: “I wasn’t sure about the West of Scotland League to begin with, because I’m a long-term ‘junior’, but the more I see of it the more I think of it as a proposition.

“The club needs to stay in the pack and not be left behind. It’s a more attractive idea and it’s where we want to be.

“Some of the teams will be hard to compete with, but we have competed against them in the past, we’ve had decent cup runs.

“It’s an opportunity to play teams that are currently higher up than we are, and we want to play at as high a level as we can – that’s why we’re there.

“We are ambitious, but finances might dictate what we can do with that.

“Financially, we’re not in the same park as some of these guys, and funds are dwindling at all clubs just now. It’s week to week for a lot of clubs just now and it’s unknown how long this is going to go on for.

“It’s an unique situation.”