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Hibernian challenge is another level from Brora Rangers Scottish Cup success in recent years

By Will Clark

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Brora Rangers manager Steven Mackay says playing Hibernian in the League Cup is another level from the club’s success in the Scottish Cup in recent years.

Brora Rangers manager Steven Mackay. Picture: Callum Mackay
Brora Rangers manager Steven Mackay. Picture: Callum Mackay

The Cattachs head to the capital tonight looking to cause one of the biggest upsets in the competition’s history against a team who are third in the Premiership.

Last season, Brora Rangers went to Championship Greenock Morton in the Scottish Cup third round and recorded a famous 1-1 draw before losing the replay at Dudgeon Park.

In 2017, they also beat Stranraer and East Fife before going on to lose at Premiership outfit Kilmarnock.

But Mackay says without doubt this is the toughest test the club has faced.

“You don’t get these opportunities very often, sometimes the Scottish Cup throws up a challenge of this ilk from time to time,” he said.

“We had a good experience when we went to Morton, going to a Championship ground and performing was great and good exposure for our players.

“It is a challenge that we look forward, this is the next step up in playing a Hibs team that is full of confidence and absolutely flying in the league.

“Their fitness levels would normally be different to ours.

“But obviously they have had pre-season and are full into their league campaign and that will make the challenge more difficult.

“I don’t know about the team Jack Ross will field.

But irrespective of the players it is going to be quality opposition and we will need to be at our best.”

Brora Rangers will officially announce today they have signed former Ross County winger Gregor MacDonald on a two-year-deal.

He joins former Ross County goalkeeper Jack Stephen and Caley Thistle midfielder Millar Gamble as new additions to the squad.

Mackay is pleased to have bolstered the squad ahead of the League Cup kicking off.

“Gregor was on trial with us and despite interest from Peterhead we have managed to bring him in,” he said.

“He follows the philosophy of our club of trying to bring in young hungry players that can push our experienced players and add depth to our squad.”

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