COVE STRIKER CARNIE WAIT FOR “DREAM” CHANCE TO GO HUNTING FOR GOALS AT IBROX IN SCOTTISH YOUTH CUP
EXCITED:Cove Rangers youth team striker Cameron Carnie, who will be playing at Ibrox tonight.
CAMERON Carnie says he can't wait for his "dream chance" to play at Ibrox for Cove Rangers.
Striker Cameron will lead the Cove Colts' attack in tonight's Scottish Youth Cup quarter-final clash with the Light Blues in Glasgow.
It's remarkable achievement for a young player who admits it's not that long ago that he was struggling to get a game for juvenile league side Stonehaven''s B team.
"It's an opportunity that I could never envisaged coming my way when I was playing for Stonehaven," said Mackie Academy pupil Cameron, who was snapped up by Cove midway through last season.
"An awful lot of good things have happened to me in a very short space of time.
"I was playing down in the C League for Stonehaven, as a centre-back.
"I was thrown up front in a game when we were short of strikers and scored four goals and everything has kicked on from there.
"Cove offered me the chance to join their development squad around the middle of last season, which I was happy to accept.
"It's mental that I've gone from those days struggling to get a game to the brink of actually playing against Rangers at Ibrox.
"It's a dream chance for me really and one I'm determined to make the best of."
The clash at Ibrox will be Cove's fourth on the road in the national competition, and the first in their history at the quarter-final stage.
They won 3-1 against fellow Highland League side Formartine United in the opening round then 4-3 away to Kelty Hearts and 1-0 away to Haddington Athletic.
Conor is unconcerned that the draw has now sent them to play at one of the most difficult venue of all for a side that contains several others who, like him, had to get the day off school so that they could make the trip to Glasgow.
"The odds have been against us in every round so far because we were away from home," he said.
"Particularly in the last two games because they involved having to make pretty long journeys to get the ties played.
"We still managed to win though and we will be hoping it's the same tonight."
Cameron can certainly expect to receive some close attention from the Rangers defenders in this evening's encounter.
The 16-year-old has scored 25 goals for Cove already this season and netted in all three rounds during their march through to the last eight.
He said: "You come to accept you will be watched closely when you have been on a run of good form.
"Hopefully I will be able to cope with that and find enough space to get on the end of some chances.
"I was very proud to score the only goal at Haddington because I knew how much that win meant to the club - but finding the net at Ibrox would be something I would probably cherish for the rest of my life."
Making an impact against one of the biggest clubs in the country could also help Cameron take a step closer to fulfilling his dream of playing in full-time professional football.
But for the moment he's content to repay Cove for giving him the chance he wasn't expecting to come his way just a couple of years ago.
Cameron said: "You have to be ambitious and I would love to get the opportunity to play for one of the country's bigger clubs someday.
"But I'm really enjoying myself with Cove at the moment.
"I really appreciated the manager showing enough faith in me to already include me in his squad for games in the Highland League.
"If I could do well at Ibrox it might persuade him to give me more opportunities.
"That would mean a lot when you consider this is only my first full season with Cove."