TEAM LEADER: Cove Rangers youth side skipper Conan Kennedy.


COVE Rangers Colts skipper Conan Kennedy says leading his team out at Ibrox will be the proudest moment of his young life.
The 16-year-old, a pupil at Odmachar Academy, will be wearing the armband when Cove take on Glasgow Rangers in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Youth Cup on Friday night.
Conan's parents, Paul and Karen, will be in the stand at Ibrox, which will understandably add to the occasion for the young full-back, who said: "It will mean a lot to me.
"But also going through my head will be the thought 'we aren't just here to make up the numbers.'
"I accept Rangers will start as huge favourites to win but we want to perform and do our best to show why we have got this far in the tournament.
"I could never have dreamed I would ever be leading a team out at Ibrox when I first joined Cove.
"Now that it's about to happen I'm determined to do all I can to make sure I enjoy the occasion.
"And that will only happen if I can play well and we get the sort of result that everyone at Cove can be pleased with.
Cove's road to Ibrox has been a pretty tough one, with every one of their ties in the previous rounds also away from home.
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.
Conan believes being regularly on the road for those ties will help them handle the challenge ahead of them in Glasgow.
"Travelling together to those games has helped us create a really strong team spirit," he said.
"We have really got to know each other and grown closer which is good for any team.
"It has also ensured having to go to Glasgow on  Friday night isn't as daunting as it could have been had we been drawn at home in those other ties.
"It's pretty much business as usual for us and we will be ready to give it our very best.
"We have worked hard and earned some great results to to get this far and are determined to show we are where are because we are a pretty good side."