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Brora Rangers hopes inside info will help knock out Camelon on Boxing Day in Scottish Cup


By Will Clark

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BRORA Rangers manager Steven Mackay hopes work colleagues will be able to help him figure out today's Scottish Cup first- round opponents Camelon Juniors.

The Highland League champions head into unchartered waters, as they travel to the East of Scotland Premier Division club on Boxing Day.

Camelon reached the first round of the competition by beating Deveronvale 4-1 in the second preliminary round earlier this month.

But Mackay, who works as a facility director for a company based in Dunfermline, is hopeful his work colleagues can shed more light on their opponents this weekend.

“A couple of our employees who work for the company at Dunfermline play for Hill of Beath, who play in the same league as Camelon,” said Mackay.

“Hopefully I will be able to get a bit of inside information from them and we will do our due diligence.

“One thing we know is we will not be approaching this game lightly. They went to Deveronvale and got an impressive result,which is not an easy thing to do.

“The East of Scotland League is a competitive league and it is will be a tricky tie for us.

“But is a ground that we have never been to, so it will be an interesting game.”

Brora Rangers have been no strangers to success in the Scottish Cup in recent years.

In 2018, the Cattachs reached the fifth round beating SPFL sides East Fife and Stranraer before losing at Premiership outfit Kilmarnock.

Last season, they held Championship club Greenock Morton to a 1-1 draw at Cappielow before losing the replay 3-1 at Dudgeon Park.

Mackay wants Brora to continue their excellent form in the tournament.

“Recently we’ve enjoyed great runs in the Scottish Cup,” he said.

“Last season it was cut a bit short, albeit we had the tough task of trying to beat Morton.

“However, we took away good memories from going down to Cappielow and getting a draw.

“A nice Scottish Cup run is always good for the club’s finances, and it is an exciting competition to be part of.”

Brora Rangers warmed up for Saturday’s game by demolishing Fort William 10-0 at Dudgeon Park.

Bjorn Wagenaar was the star of the show, as he found the net four times.

Andrew Macrae and Jordan Macrae found the net twice with Tom Kelly and Gregor Macdonald also finding the net.

Brora are three points clear at the top of the Highland League.


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