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Highland League player of the year loves life at Brora Rangers

By Will Clark

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ANDREW Macrae says he‘s relished being part of a Brora Rangers squad which dominated the Highland League this season.

Clach v Brora at Grant Street Park..Andrew MacRae evades Michael Finnis..Picture: Gary Anthony. Image No..
Clach v Brora at Grant Street Park..Andrew MacRae evades Michael Finnis..Picture: Gary Anthony. Image No..

The 21-year-old winger from Inverness was named as the Highland League player of the year, as he played a major part in helping the Cattachs romp to their third championship.

Macrae, who was part of the youth set-up at Caley Thistle, signed for Brora Rangers from Forres Mechanics last October where he was Highland League young player of the year for the previous two seasons.

He says Brora had a different mentality to any other club he’s played at and was delighted he could rise to the challenge.

“At Forres, we had a really good team,” he said.

“But the difference was we were going into games against Inverurie, Cove and Fraserburgh thinking we might get something out of it or scrape a win.

“But at Brora Rangers, you are looking to go into games and winning by three or four goals and against the big teams, you always believed you were going to win.

“Its a different environment and it was new to me as I had never been in that environment before. But I have really enjoyed it.”

While Brora Rangers face another season in the Highland League due to league reconstruction talks being killed off, Macrae says he is confident Brora can defend their title and have another go at promotion next season.

"We will just have to win the league again," he said.

“I see no reason why we can’t win it again.

“I see myself at Brora for the foreseeable future, at this moment of time I wouldn’t be interested in other offers.

“I see my future at Brora and getting them promoted.”

Macrae says he first found out he had been named player of the year when he received messages from friends. But it wasn’t until manager Steven Mackay got in touch he really believed it.

“I received the news at 9.30am and my phone pinged off,” he said.

“It was one of my mate’s group chats who put up a photo of the award winners and I saw my name.

“I didn’t know if it was true because it wasn’t the official page.

“I didn’t want to get my hopes up.

“But when I got the message from the manager I was delighted.”

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