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Brora Rangers ready for Scottish Cup return against Hearts after passing Covid tests


By Will Clark

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BRORA Rangers are allowed to start training for the first time since the second lockdown as they prepare for their Scottish Cup second-round clash with Heart of Midlothian.

Brora fans watch on from outside the ground. ..Brora Rangers FC (2) vs Buckie Thistle FC (2) - Buckie win 4-3 on penalties - Highland League Cup Semi Final - Dudgeon Park, Brora 18/10/2020...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Brora fans watch on from outside the ground. ..Brora Rangers FC (2) vs Buckie Thistle FC (2) - Buckie win 4-3 on penalties - Highland League Cup Semi Final - Dudgeon Park, Brora 18/10/2020...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

The club confirmed their first round of Covid-19 testing all came back negative and they were able to restart training sessions this week.

The Highland League champions are set to host the runaway leaders in the Championship at Dudgeon Park on Tuesday, March 23. The winners of the will then host League Two outfit Stranraer on Saturday, April 3.

Fans are still barred from entering stadiums in Scotland and as a result will not be permitted to enter the ground.

However, the game will be streamed live and club chairman William Powrie is pleased that fans will not miss out on the action as it happens.

“We have in place an upgraded pay-per-view offering which is fantastic news.

“But we also have to do the prep work of the PCR testing of the players, twice before the match.

“That still has challenges before everything falls into place.

“But it is fantastic news about the pay-per-view and we hope that we can get as many fans watching us on the television offering.”

The Scottish Cup, along with League One and League Two as well as Scottish Women’s Premier League One was given permission to resume last week, with the leagues set to restart on Saturday, March 20.

However, the Highland League and North Caledonian League, as well as junior football and lower league women’s football, remains suspended until further notice.

Scottish FA president Rod Petrie said they are aiming to get the rest of Scottish football up and running as quickly as possible.

He said: “There remain significant numbers unable to return to play, including the remaining levels of the professional pyramid, elite youth football, club youth football and our amateur and grassroots clubs.

“We are acutely aware of the desire within those levels of football to return to playing football and we will continue to work to ensure they are able to as soon as it is safe to do so.”


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