COVE DEFENDER RYAN READY FOR ‘BIGGEST GAME OF THE SEASON’ AGAINST HIGHLAND TITLE RIVALS BRORA
WARNING: Cove Rangers defender Ryan Strachan says the clash with Brora will be the toughest game they have faced this season.
RYAN Strachan has warned his Cove Rangers team-mates they better be ready for a mammoth battle with Brora Rangers tomorrow.
Cove travel to Dudgeon Park to take on the Cattachs in a clash that could have a huge bearing on who eventually wins this season's Breedon Highland League title.
Table leaders Cove are three points ahead of second placed Brora, with a game in hand, but former Peterhead defender Ryan knows their hosts will be going all out to reduce that slender gap in what should be a real thriller.
"We are in for a very tough match," said Ryan.
"Brora have done very well this season, they have pushed us all the way and proved how good a team they are.
"They have barely slipped up at all and will looking on this game as a real chance to make the title race even tighter.
"It's certainly the biggest game of our season so far and I'm sure they are looking at it in the same way.
"There will be a good crowd, including the army of Cove fans who are making the long trip north.
"We will doing all that we can to repay their loyalty, but we will need to be at the very top of our game for that to happen.
"We are at least going there in a positive frame of mind.
"We beat Wick last weekend to secure our place in the League Cup final, which was pleasing.
"It's also been good week for us in training to ensure we are in the best shape possible for this game ... it's now a case of seeing if we can make that work to our advantage over the 90 minutes."
Ryan is also delighted Cove were able to sign former Ross County and Hibs forward Jimmy Scott ahead of the showdown with Brora.
The 33-year-old, who had been with Cowdenbeath, has joined Cove until the end of the season and made his debut, as a late substitute, in victory over Wick at Balmoral Stadium.
"I played against Jimmy several times at SPFL level, he's a very good player," said Ryan.
"He gives us a little bit of extra experience, which will be a help because we have a lot of younger lads in our dressing room.
"Jimmy also gives us more of a physical presence up front, which is something we were a wee bit short of.
"He could end up playing a huge part in our remaining games this season."
Cove are hoping to have a full strength squad to choose from, with Blair Yule and Harry Milne expected to recover from the injuries that forced them to sit out last weekend's cup win over Wick.