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Striker aiming to fire Brora Rangers to another Scottish Cup upset

By Will Clark

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Jordan Macrae.
Jordan Macrae.

Jordan Macrae says Brora Rangers are capable of causing another upset in the Scottish Cup as they prepare to take on Cove Rangers.

The Cattachs face the League One outfit in the fourth round at Dudgeon Park on Saturday as they aim to progress to the fifth round of the tournament for only the second time in their history.

The Cattachs have had an impressive run to the fourth round of the competition, starting with a 5-1 victory over Lowland League outfit Berwick Rangers in the first round.

Brora then caused a shock in the second round when they defeated runaway League Two leaders Stenhousemuir 2-0 at Ochil View.

In the third round. Brora Rangers defeated West of Scotland Premier League outfit Pollok 2-0 to secure their place in the fourth round.

They now face Cove who are in third place in League One, as they look to return to the Championship after being relegated last season.

Macrae (25) who joined Brora Rangers from Cove Rangers in 2019, highlighted their victory over Stenhousemuir in the second round, which showed they are capable of beating higher league opposition.

“On our day we have shown we can challenge in the Scottish leagues,” he said.

“We showed that against Stenny in the second round.

“Stenhousemuir are a good team and haven’t lost since we beat them.

“There probably isn’t too much difference between Cove and Stenny. But Cove are playing in a higher league and not long down from the Championship.

“It will be a step up for us which means we will have to up our game."

Brora Rangers have suffered from a lack of games this season due to postponements, with their 2-2 draw at Inverurie Locos last Saturday only their 13th league game this season.

Despite the disappointing draw at Inverurie, Macrae says it was vital they got match time to prepare them for the challenge against Cove Rangers.

“The lack of games has not been swinging in our favour and it has been a stop start season.

"It was vital that we got that game against Inverurie, because it would have shown more in the match against Cove if we didn’t.

“In the first half against Inverurie, you could tell that we were leggy and things weren’t clicking.

“In the second half we were much better. Hopefully we can continue from our second half performance and not the first half.”

Brora Rangers are no stranger to causing upsets in the Scottish Cup.

The Cattachs caused one of the biggest Scottish Cup shocks of all time beating Hearts 2-1 in the second round in 2021, when Macrae scored the opener and Martin Maclean scoring the winner.

As well as beating Stenhousemuir this season, Brora also claimed the scalp of East Fife in 2018.

Macrae says the club’s past successes in the competition is not something the current squad feels they have to live up to.

But it is a competition they want to go as far as possible in.
“We are just taking it in our stride,” he said.

“We enjoy being the underdogs and don’t feel the pressure.

“If you win it’s a great result and even if you lose, it is still a test where you learn how to improve against teams that are leagues ahead where Brora Rangers aspire to be going in the future.

“It would be great to get into the fifth round and possibly a big draw.”

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