JIMMY EAGER TO MAKE HIS MARK WITH COVE RANGERS AFTER CAMEO APPEARANCE IN HIGHLAND CUP VICTORY
IMPRESSIVE: New signing Jimmy Scott showed some good touches when he came on for Cove Rangers in the 3-1 win over Wick.
COVE Rangers new boy Jimmy Scott says he was thrilled to make his debut in the 3-1 Highland League Cup semi-final victory over Wick Academy at Balmoral Stadium.
The 33-year-old former Ross County, Hibs, Raith Rovers, Arbroath, Stenhousemuir and Cowdenbeath player came on as a late substitute after signing on until the end of the season.
He looked impressive and even struck the woodwork with an effort at goal near the end of the victory, which secured Cove a final showdown against Formartine United, who won 2-0 away to Brora Rangers in the other semi.
"It was great to get a few moments, it was more than I had expected after only just arriving at the club," said Jimmy, who also played for Indian League side Salgoacar in season 2015-2016 and was capped at under-21 level for Scotland.
"It would have been even better if that shot had gone in, hopefully there will be goals to come in the future.
"But I'm not expecting to just walk into the team. Cove have been doing well this season and have some fantastic players, so I know I'm going to have to earn the right to get a regular game."
Jimmy, who is based in Livingston, says it took him less than a minute to agree to join Cove after being contacted by manager John Sheran.
"It was all done and dusted in about 30 seconds," he said.
"I was very excited by what the manager had to say about the club's ambitions.
"Everyone down in the Central Belt has heard of Cove and how successful they have been in the Highland League.
"I'm grateful to have been given the chance to play for them."
Jimmy certainly has an impressive pedigree.
He made close to 150 appearances for County, scored in in their famous 2-0 victory over Celtic in the 2010 Scottish Cup semis and also played in their defeat to Dundee United in the final.
He also won back to back League Two titles with Arbroath and Stenhousemuir before joining Cowdenbeath at the start of this season.
Playing and training for Cove will involve lengthy round trips for Jimmy from his home in West Lothian, but he is insists that will be no problem.
"I had offers to join clubs a little nearer to home but it's the one made by Cove that excited me most," he said.
"I don't mind travelling, I did plenty of that up to the Highlands when I was at County.
"We also had to fly to all of our away games when I was over in India, so a couple of hours on the road up to Aberdeen will be no problem at all.
"I've managed to sort out some training with a club nearer to home but I plan to also train with the Cove lads every week and be at every game.
"I was a bit frustrated that things didn't quite go as I had hoped with Cowdenbeath..
"All I want to do is play football and I believe I can still do that at a decent level for at least another couple of years, despite the fact I'm getting on a bit."
Please note that this season's Highland League Cup Final between Cove Rangers FC and Formartine United FC will be played at Harlaw Park, Inverurie, on Saturday 6th April 2019, kick-off 3pm