CONNOR HUNGRY FOR ANOTHER TASTE OF THE BIG TIME WITH COVE IN SCOTTISH CUP
COVE Rangers midfield ace Connor Scully is desperate for another crack at one of the nation's big guns in the William Hill Scottish Cup.
Cove face Ayrshire Junior side Auchinleck Talbot in the second round of this season's competition at Balmoral Stadium on Saturday.
The victors will go into the draw for the third round alongside the top sides in the SPFL Championship, including former Scottish Cup winners Dundee United and Inverness Caley Thistle.
Cove or Talbot would also be just one step away from a potential money spinner of a tie against a Premiership side in the fourth round.
Connor has faced up to Motherwell, Partick Thistle and Falkirk in the Scottish Cup with Cove in the past.
He also played against Aberdeen in a pre-season friendly in July and Premiership leaders Hearts in the group stages of this season's Betfred League Cup.
Connor admitted booking the chance to face more big names in the Scottish Cup will act as a huge incentive when they take on Talbot.
"We are all desperate for another crack at top level opposition," said Connor.
"It was great getting to take on Motherwell and Partick and we also did well against Falkirk up at Inverurie last season.
"Those are the sort of games you hope to eventually be involved when you take part in the Scottish Cup with clubs like Cove.
"It will be the same with the Talbot players - we all want the opportunity to test ourselves against the very best."
Connor was quick to add that he knows Cove will have to dig deep if they want to beat Talbot to keep their hopes of a dream game in the Scottish Cup alive.
Saturday's opponents are regarded as the No1 side in the Scottish Junior game.
They are also looking to make it six wins out of six against Highland League opposition in the Scottish Cup, with their latest victims being Wick Academy, who they beat 2-1 away in the earlier rounds this season.
Connor said:"I'm expecting them to be a pretty good side, with a few former full-time professionals involved.
"We lost to 2-1 away to Midlothian Junior side Bonnyrigg Rose a couple of years ago, which was a big disappointment.
"The teams down in Ayrshire tend to be even stronger, so we accept we will have to play really well to get the win this time.
"At least we are at home this time, which could help us because our results so far at Balmoral have been very good."
Connor celebrated his 26th birthday by producing one of his best performances of the season as Cove beat Lossiemouth 4-0 last Saturday in the Breedon Highland League.
He was pleased with that, even though he felt Cove deserved to win by a lot more - and would have were it not for a string of top class saves by Lossie keeper Stewart Black.
"He made some amazing saves, especially from Mitch (Megginson)," said Connor.
"But there was no doubt we deserved to win and it's good to be able to take that into Saturday's Scottish Cup tie."