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Brora Rangers look to claim another scalp in Scottish Cup as they face Albion Rovers

By Will Clark

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Brora Rangers’ manager Craig Campbell believes there is no difference in standard between the top teams in the Highland League and League Two as the Cattachs prepare to welcome Albion Rovers to Dudgeon Park in the Scottish Cup second round tomorrow.

Brora Rangers face Albion Rovers in the Scottish Cup second round.
Brora Rangers face Albion Rovers in the Scottish Cup second round.

The Highland League champions, who caused one of the biggest shocks in the competition’s history beating Hearts 2-1 last season, take on the Coatbridge outfit who are seventh in League Two.

Campbell says the success of former Highland League champions Cove Rangers, now playing in League One and last season’s Lowland League champions Kelty Hearts, top of League Two, show the standard of football is similar between the fourth and fifth tier.

He is confident Brora Rangers can achieve a positive result tomorrow and progress to the next round.

“I don’t think there is a huge difference, but perhaps it is more physical in the Scottish league and they probably play more direct.

“But the top teams in the Highland League have proved themselves. Look at how Cove Rangers have progressed and it shows teams from the Highland League can do it if they show the ambition.

“We have a lot of players at Brora who have played at that level, so we know what to expect.”

Josh Meekings is back in training, but tomorrow might be too soon to return to action from injury.

James Wallace is out with a long-term injury with Martin Maclean being sidelined for the next few weeks.

Campbell says they are looking forward to taking part in the Scottish Cup where they have done so well in recent years.

Recent performances in the Highland League gives him confidence they can progress.

“We are under no illusion how difficult the game could be,” he said.

“But we are in a decent bit of form ourselves just now and go into the game with confidence.”

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