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Brora Rangers are targeting Forfar Athletic to win in League Cup group stage


By Will Clark

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BRORA Rangers manager Steven Mackay says there is nothing between his team and Forfar Athletic as he is confident they can pick up a positive result in their League Cup group stage clash on Saturday.

A happy return to Borough Briggs for Brora Rangers manger Steven MacKay. Pictured with Brora captain Ally Macdonald...Elgin City FC (2) vs Brora Rangers FC (3) Pre-Season Friendly - Borough Briggs, Elgin - 19/09/2020... Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
A happy return to Borough Briggs for Brora Rangers manger Steven MacKay. Pictured with Brora captain Ally Macdonald...Elgin City FC (2) vs Brora Rangers FC (3) Pre-Season Friendly - Borough Briggs, Elgin - 19/09/2020... Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

The Cattachs will look to pick up their first points of the competition after losing both of their matches so far.

A 3–0 defeat at Montrose last Saturday followed by a 4–0 loss at Premiership Dundee on Tuesday night leave Brora’s chances of advancing to the last 16 almost dead and buried.

However, Mackay is determined to finish the competition with something for their efforts. With Ross County’s visit on Wednesday night their final group match, he believes their best chance is against Forfar tomorrow at Dudgeon Park.

“When we looked at the group, Forfar at home was an opportunity for us to do something. That is not being disrespectful to Forfar, but I don’t think there is a huge difference. We look forward to that game and do something in that.

“Our game against Ross County will be a great exercise for us in terms of playing a Premiership club.

“That is the purpose of the competition for us, if we can nick a point then great, we want to come out with a level of credibility with our performances as we did last season.

“We will use this to get our fitness where it needs to be in preparation for our first Highland League game.”

Brora Rangers were declared Highland League champions when last season was concluded early.

However, in the League Two play-off semi final, they were well beaten by Lowland League champions Kelty Hearts 6–1 on aggregate.

Mackay says playing in the League Cup has only increased the ambition at the club to be promoted this season and play at a higher standard.

“We are desperate to get up but we know it won’t be easy, we experienced that last season with the play-offs, playing in a competition like this whets the appetite for sure.

“Our aim has not changed for the last three years, we want to get in the Scottish League and playing in games like these makes that our objective even more so.”

Goalkeeper Joe Malin could miss tomorrow’s game against Forfar after suffering a back spasm which forced him to miss Tuesday night’s clash at Dundee.

Grant Beattie or Jamie Stephen will take his place in goal if he is not available.

Fans will be allowed into Dudgeon Park for the first time since December and Mackay is looking forward to welcoming them back.

“Its been a long time coming to have fans back and get some atmosphere,” he said.


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