DREAM DATE AT IBROX FOR COVE COLTS IN LAST EIGHT OF THE SCOTTISH YOUTH CUP
DELIGHTED: Cove head of youth development Gary Hake.
COVE Rangers youth coaching chief Gary Hake has welcomed the news the club's Scottish Youth Cup quarter-final clash with Glasgow Rangers will be played at Ibrox.
The fourth round tie will take place at the Premiership side's home stadium on Friday January 25, 7.30pm.
"It's fantastic our lads are going to get the chance to play at one of the best stadiums in the country," said Gary, who is the head of Cove's youth development.
"It's a deserved reward for all the hard work they have put in to get to this stage for the first time in the club's history.
"Our hosts will obviously start as huge favourites because we are the only semi professional club left in the competition and a lot of their players are full-time.
"But our lads will be going down there determined to give a good account of themselves and make it another memorable day for Cove Rangers."
Gary is delighted the tie is also taking place on the Friday, as opposed to the Sunday, which was a possibility.
"Our task would have been even more difficult if we had to play at Ibrox the day after our lads had turned out for their club sides in the Juvenile League," said Gary.
"Playing on a Friday isn't ideal because it means some of them will have to get time off school or work.
"But at least they will arrive there fresh and more capable of taking on the challenge that is in front of them."
Cove have had to play every tie away from home during their historic march to the last eight of the competition.
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.
Glasgow Rangers entered a round later and have beaten East Kilbride 8-2 and Morton 2-0.
Entry to the match at Ibrox will be £5 for adults and £2 for children.
Balmoral Stadium is in the frame to host the Aberdeen v Kilmarnock tie the same night.
The remaining quarter final matches are Hibs v Queens Park and Dundee v Celtic.