COVE RANGERS FORWARD JIMMY DESPERATE TO ADD TO HIS IMPRESSIVE HAUL OF CUP FINAL APPEARANCES
UP FOR THE CUP: Cove Rangers forward Jimmy Scott
COVE Rangers attacker Jimmy Scott is thrilled to have the chance to play in his first Highland League Cup final.
Cove do battle with old foes Formartine United at Harlaw Park, Inverurie for the right to win the premier knock out trophy in North football.
Former Ross County, Hibs and Cowdenbeath player Jimmy is no stranger to cup finals.
He played in the biggest one of all, when County lost to Dundee United in the 2010 Scottish Cup.
The 33-year-old has also a winner and a loser with County in the Challenge Cup, their victories Clyde in 2006 contrasted by defeat to Airdrie United in 2008.
“The older you get the more you appreciate the opportunity to play in cup finals,”
said Jimmy, who is a legend with County fans for scoring one of the goals in their famous 2-0 victory over Celtic in the 2010 Scottish Cup Semi Final.
“I’ve been very lucky on that front and hopefully that will continue.
“Not that I’m actually expecting to get a start in this one.
“Cove have an excellent squad of players and they managed to get to the final with very little help from me (Jimmy was a late substitute in the semi victory over Wick Academy).
“The lads who made that effort will be hoping to get the opportunity to finish the job off.
“But if I’m called on I will be ready because cup finals are very special.
“I will never forget Derek Adams (his teammate at Ross County in the 2006 Final, and who later became manager) saying how thrilled he was to get his first winners’ medals at the age of 32.
“That underlined how fortunate I have been because there have been a lot of players far better than me who never got any medals or the chance to even play in one cup final.
“But once you have experienced it there is no doubt it makes you eager for, even more so when you’re at the latter stages of your career.
“The chance to maybe be involved in another one was one of the attractions about coming to Cove.
“I’m quite lucky because I’ve managed to pick up a few medals already but I would be happy to add to my collection.”
Cove fans will be interested to learn that Jimmy could have been playing for Formartine instead of their club in the final showdown.
Jimmy confirmed he discussed the possibility of a move to Pitmedden last summer with Formartine manager Paul Lawson, who was also a former team-mate at County.
Jimmy said: “I know Paul well, he is one of the most gifted footballers I played with.
“I always knew he would eventually end up in management and I’m pleased to see him do so well at Formartine.
“I spoke to Paul last year, just after I had left Stenhousemuir, about the possibility of playing for him.
“But it just wasn’t the right time because I was keener to continue in League Two so signed for Cowdenbeath.
“Unfortunately things didn’t work out there, which was why I was delighted to accept the offer when Cove came in for me.”
Jimmy believes helping Cove lift the Highland League Cup for the sixth time would boost his chances of a longer stay at Balmoral Stadium.
His current contract is until the end of this season but the former Scotland under-21 cap isn’t afraid to admit he would be keen to remain with the club.
“All I want to do is keep on playing for as long as I can,” he said.
“I’ve looked after myself well and feel fit enough to keep going for another two or three years.
“If Cove are successful then that would obviously boost my chances of being kept on.”
HAMPDEN HERO: Jimmy Scott scores for Ross County in their 2-0 victory over Celtic in the 2010 Scottish Cup Semi Final