Connor Scully says previous Scottish Cup runs have whetted Cove Rangers’ appetite for more this season.
The Highland League champions get their cup campaign under way in the second round tomorrow against Junior side Auchinleck Talbot at the Balmoral Stadium.
Last season Cove enjoyed a great run to the fifth round where they faced Falkirk.
In 2016 they took on Premiership side Motherwell at Fir Park in round four, and in 2012 they played Partick Thistle.
Scully says previous big ties in the Scottish Cup make them determined to secure another.
The midfielder said: “It’s one of those extra things where you want to try to get a big team and try to get as far as you can.
“We know it’s good for the club as well to progress.
“We’ve played Motherwell and Partick Thistle in previous seasons and we played Falkirk last season.
“It does mean a lot to the club to get as far as we can, but we know that getting past Auchinleck will be hard and we’re just looking forward to that one first.
“But I think the games we’ve had do whet the appetite for more.
“We like to try to test ourselves against top sides from the SPFL.
“Already this season we’ve played Hearts and Inverness in the League Cup. We like to play the bigger teams.
“We know we’ve got nothing to lose and like to test ourselves.
“It’s always an incentive to try to get through to the next round when there are big teams waiting.”
Tomorrow’s clash with the Scottish Junior Cup holders will be Cove’s first Scottish Cup tie at the Balmoral Stadium.
Having a permanent home again has seen Cove’s crowds increase and Scully is hoping to give the fans something to cheer this weekend.
He added: “The new ground helps us and it has attracted a few more supporters along because over the last year we were away it was a lot of travelling for our supporters.
“Saturday is a big occasion for everyone because it’s our first Scottish Cup tie at Balmoral Stadium and we’re hoping to get the win.
“With being on the road for three seasons, getting into our new ground and getting bigger crowds has helped us and it spurs us on.
“Auchinleck will take some supporters up with them and hopefully we can get people from Cove and all around coming to watch us.”