NEW LEADER: Cove Rangers captain Mitch Megginson in action against Montrose.

COVE Rangers striker Mitch Megginson is delighted to have been handed the captain’s armband for the club’s first season playing in the SPFL.
Mitch stood in for the legendary Eric Watson, who is now with Inverurie Locos, on several occasions last season.
But Cove manager Paul Hartley has confirmed the 26-year-old has been given the job on a permanent basis.
It means a lot to Mitch, even more so because his father, Mike, was also captain when he played for Cove.
Mitch said: “It is an honour to captain a club that I’ve had a lifelong association with.
“It was watching my dad play for Cove when I was a wee boy that inspired my love for football.
“To go from being a mascot at his testimonial to captaining Cove, as he did, really does mean a lot to me and my family.
“I’m really looking forward to it, especially when we have such an exciting season ahead.”
Mitch admitted it’s also daunting prospect being asked to be succeed  Eric, the most decorated captain in the club’s history. Defender Eric won 13 trophies during his spell at Cove.
“It’s huge footsteps to be following in,” said Mitch.
“Eric is rightly regarded as a legend by everyone at Cove and I learned a lot off him over the last three years.
“He led by example and I can only hope I can do the job as well as he did.
“But he was also the first to say there needs to be more than one captain at a club like Cove Rangers.
“He was the official leader but he was happy to see others lead on the pitch when there was a need.
“He would say success comes from having 11 captains out there, doing all they can to back each other up and win matches.”

PROUD MOMENT: Mitch Megginson leads Cove Rangers out at Balmoral Stadium for the friendly against Montrose.

Mitch was speaking after Cove continued their build-up to the new season with a 2-1 friendly victory over League One side Montrose at Balmoral Stadium.
After a goalless first half Jimmy  SCOTT fired Cove into a 50th minute lead, lashing home the rebound after Montrose keeper Aaron Lennox had parried a shot from Jamie Masson.
SCOTT was then tripped inside the visitor’s area, just after the hour, and slotted home the resultant penalty to make it 2-0.
Montrose pulled a goal back in the 84th minute thanks to close range header from Andrew STEEVES but Cove held on for their second friendly victory in a row.

FOCUSSED: Cove Rangers assistant manager Gordon Young and manager Paul Hartley in front of the ‘new’ home dugout at Balmoral Stadium during the 2-1 friendly victory over Montrose.

Cove manager Paul Hartley was happy with the workout for his players - and also explained why he chose to swap dugouts at Balmoral.
He and his coaching staff were housed in the dugout to nearest  to the Fanzone at the stadium.
“It’s the home end of the stadium so it seemed only right that we should be with our own supporters,’ said Paul.
Cove’s final pre-season friendly is on Tuesday, 7.45pm, away to Forfar Athletic.
Supporters are reminded the Betfred League Cup tie against Dundee at Balmoral on July 17 is all-ticket.
They are now on sale at the stadium, as are season tickets.

STRIKE ONE: Jimmy Scott opens the scoring against Montrose.

SPOT OF BOTHER: Cove striker Jimmy Scott is brought down by Montrose defender Patrick Cregg for the penalty that led to our second goal.

COOL COOKIE: Jimmy Scott slots home the spot kick to put Cove Rangers 2-0 up then receives the congratulations of his team mates, below.