Co-manager Graeme Mathieson says Edinburgh City are Cove Rangers’ inspiration as they prepare to push for promotion.
Tomorrow the Granite City outfit face Lowland League champions East Kilbride at K Park in the first leg of their pyramid play-off tie.
The winner over the two legs will take on League Two’s bottom side for a place in next season’s SPFL.
Since the pyramid play-offs were introduced in 2015, Edinburgh City are the only team to gain promotion.
Three years ago the capital outfit beat Cove and then East Stirlingshire to reach League Two.
Now they are established as one of the division’s top sides and are third in the table this term.
Mathieson said: “Edinburgh definitely are an inspiration to us.
“Ever since we played them a few seasons ago I have taken an interest in them and watched how they’ve got on.
“It’s amazing how they have developed as the seasons have gone on.
“They are competing really well in league football and that is something we aspire to do in the future.”
Cove have been planning for a number of years to try to get into the SPFL. One of the key parts of the plan was building a new ground – the Balmoral Stadium.
Mathieson, who is charge of the Highland League champions while John Sheran recovers from a heart attack, believes everything is in place for the club to make the step up.
He added: “We have been planning in the last three or four years.
“It has all been around getting our new stadium and then trying to progress into the SPFL from there. Everything is set up for us and we just have to try to do it this time.
“East Kilbride are exactly like us at Cove – they are really ambitious and want to be in the Scottish leagues. They are a young club who are growing all the time and I think that adds to their ambition that they want to be climbing the leagues as soon as possible.”
Cove have had East Kilbride watched in recent weeks and Mathieson hopes their homework will pay off.
He said: “We’ve had East Kilbride watched quite a lot in their last six games or so. We’ve had somebody watching them and we know they are a very good side.
“They started their season very well and have gone on to have a very good season and have won the Lowland League.
“Hopefully there will be no surprises for us because we’ve done our homework on them – as I’m sure they have done on us.
“It is definitely important to make sure we know about the opposition. But it’s not just something we’ve been doing before these play-off games.
“We do it in the Highland League before we’ve played a club for the first time each season.
“You do that because teams change from season to season and it’s all about preparation.
“Saturday is a big game for us and part of preparing for that is having teams watched.”