COVE DEFENDER HARRY HAPPY TO TEST HIMSELF AGAINST THE VERY BEST IN THE BETFRED LEAGUE CUP
EXCITED: Cove Rangers defender Harry Milne, left, is looking forward to facing Dundee after performing well in the 2-1 defeat to Peterhead at Balmoor Stadium.
COVE Rangers left-back Harry Milne is relishing the opportunity to face up to another one of the country’s top clubs this week.
Cove face Championship side Dundee in the second of our Betfred League Cup Group D matches at Balmoral Stadium on Wednesday, 7.45pm.
The Dark Blues were unfortunate to be relegated from the Premiership last term and are being tipped to make an immediate return to the top flight.
They underlined their quality by opening their Betfred Cup campaign with a 3-0 victory away to Raith Rovers, so Harry knows he’s in for a very tough shift on Wednesday.
“You tend to be out on your feet by the final whistle, but these are the sort of games I love,” said Harry.
“It’s the best way to get yourself in good condition for the start of the league season.
“I doubt if there is anyone outside our camp who really expects us to qualify from our group in the Betfred Cup.
“But we will be doing our best to achieve that, while at the same time working as hard as we can to make sure we are as fit as we possibly could be for the start of our league campaign.
“I’m also excited by the prospect of playing against Dundee, one of the top clubs in the country, for the first time.
“Ive played against a few good ones over the years, including Hearts, Motherwell and Ross County in cups and Aberdeen in a friendly.
“You are always buzzing for these sort of games because you want to test yourself against the best and give a good account of yourself.”
Cove certainly did that in their opening group game, a 2-1 defeat away to Peterhead.
The outcome at Balmoor Stadium might have been a lot different if two second half efforts from Harry had gone in instead of rebounding back off the Peterhead crossbar.
Harry said: “I was really chuffed with the second effort and we could have got more from the game with a bit more luck.
“The manager had told me to be a bit more adventurous in the second half after sitting back a bit more in the earlier part of the game.
“As the game went on, I found I was able to get forward to put in a few crosses and it would have been great if I had managed to score as well.
“I’m happy to admit my first effort was a cross that I tried to whip in with a bit of pace, but misdirected it a little.
“It almost caught their keeper out but I would have been happy to claim it.
“The second one was deliberate and I feel we would have deserved a goal at that stage for the effort we put into the game.”
Cove manager Paul Hartley praised Harry for his performance at Balmoor Stadium, saying he felt he was their best player.
The 21-year-old was pleased to hear that, but won’t be getting too carried away with it.
Harry said: “It’s always nice when your manager says good things about you but I know I still have a long way to go before I will be ready to perform at the sort of levels he wants us to.
“Like everyone else in the squad, I will be working hard in every game and training session to get myself ready for what I know is going to be a hard battle to stay in the team over the course of the season.”
SUPPORTERS are reminded that Wednesday’s clash with Dundee is all-ticket and they are already on sale at Balmoral Stadium.