Fraserburgh ready to return to Highland League action against Deveronvaleale after Rangers Scottish Cup tie

Fraserburgh's Paul Young and Rangers Josh Windass. Picture by Heather Fowlie

For captain Ryan Christie and the rest of the Fraserburgh players, it’s back to reality tomorrow when they face Deveronvale.

The Broch players were involved in the biggest game of their careers on Wednesday when they took on Rangers in the Scottish Cup fourth round.

Despite the 3-0 defeat it was a night to remember for everyone connected with the Buchan club as more than 1,800 squeezed into Bellslea and millions watched around the world on television. But tomorrow, skipper Christie and his team-mates will be back to normality when they travel to Princess Royal Park, Banff, for their Highland League clash.

Christie thoroughly enjoyed the occasion and getting to lead his side out against the Gers.

However, one thing he is pleased about is that he won’t have to mark former Tottenham Hotspur and Croatia international Niko Kranjcar tomorrow.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the way it went on Wednesday.

“The first 11, the subs and even the players who weren’t involved were all unbelievable.

“The shift we put in, especially first half, was great.

“People say Kranjcar is old now and doesn’t move about a lot. But when you’re marking him, trust me, he moves about a lot.

“He was good and was working a lot in front of the back four and behind me.

“So it was an absolute privilege to play against him, and I’m happy.​

“Even if the score was 12-0 or 14-0 it still would have been a great occasion, which is the most important thing.

“We’ve played against one of the best teams in the country and we’re disappointed we didn’t get a goal or kept it closer for longer.

“But that’s the way it goes against the top teams.”

On the experience of leading out the Broch against Rangers, Christie added: “It just went past so quick. I was looking forward to it.

“I knew the team from the first game (which was postponed on January 21 due to a frozen pitch) and it didn’t really change, so I knew I was going to be leading the boys out.

“Trying to keep that quiet from everyone was tough.

“Once it came I got to carry the two little boys who were mascots, Jamie Gibb has been having a tough few years with illness and his brother Bobby George has been fighting that battle with him, so it was an absolute honour to have them coming out with me.”

Christie does not think the Fraserburgh players will have any difficulties readjusting to normality after the glamour game.

The players had a night out on Wednesday to celebrate the occasion. But when asked if it would be tough to go back to playing Highland League games, Christie said: “It felt like that after Wednesday but the guys are professional and they really stick to their jobs.

“After a blow-out on Wednesday night we’ll get back to it and the guys will be flying again.”