Brora Rangers welcome new signings from Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle
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BRORA Rangers manager Steven Mackay says the club’s three new signings have strengthened the squad from last season.
Winger Gregor Macdonald (19) has joined the Cattachs after being released by Ross County on a two-year deal.
Macdonald, who was on loan at Keith last season, has joined ex-Ross County goalkeeper Jamie Stephen and former Caley Thistle midfielder Millar Gamble at Dudgeon Park.
Mackay says the three new players will find out that, despite leaving professional teams, they have entered a Highland League club that has a professional attitude.
“They come from full-time teams so they come with habits and disciplines we like to instill into our players,” he said.
“We might be a semi professional club but we like to operate like a professional club and it is great to get players at a young age.Jamie is 17, Millar is 18 and Gregor is 19. They are young, committed and perhaps have a point to prove.”
Mackay hopes his new additions can take inspiration from other players who have come from professional clubs and make a big impact with Brora.
“We’re delighted to secure them and look forward to working with them and developing them,” he added.
“Brora is a great environment for them, we have a talented young squad.
“It was seen from last season James Wallace, Tom Kelly and Jordan Macrae did well for us and gave them a platform.
“If they work hard for their place, who knows what can work for them?”
The club suffered a 3-1 defeat against Hibernian at Easter Road on Wednesday night.
Stevie Mallan scored twice to give Hibs a 2-0 lead after 11 minutes. Dale Gillespie pulled one back with a sensational free kick but Paul Hanlon scored late for Hibernian to secure all three points for the Edinburgh club.
Brora continue their Betfred Cup campaign against Dundee tomorrow and Cove Rangers at Dudgeon Park on Tuesday night.
The Cattachs will round off the group stage against Forfar next month.
Mackay knows they will be the underdogs in each game, but is embracing the challenge of playing in the Betfred Cup.
“We are playing teams not just one league ahead of us, but two,” he said.
“We’re playing a Premiership team, a Championship team and two League One sides.
“As a club, we are pushing to get into League Two and I don’t believe there is a huge difference between Highland League and League Two.
“But taking on teams in League One, that is a step up in level and any points from our perspective would be a real boost.”