Cove Rangers’ Scott happy to play part in team effort

Cove's Martin Scott scores
Cove's Martin Scott scores

Cove Rangers new boy Martin Scott is delighted to be contributing as his new team battle for a successful end to the campaign.

The ex-Hibernian, Ross County and Livingston attacker, known as “Jimmy” to his team-mates, has netted in the Granite City side’s last two league games.

There was a touch of fortune to his maiden Cove finish – in Wednesday’s 6-0 win at Fort William – when midfielder Connor Scully hit a shot off Scott’s backside, which then looped into the net.

However, his second goal – in Saturday’s 5-0 home win against Wick Academy – showed the 33-year-old’s prowess in the box as he drifted into space to sidefoot a Scully cross into the bottom corner.

The win kept Cove six points clear of Highland League title rivals Brora with three games to go and on course for the SPFL play-offs for the second consecutive season.

Scott, who will likely line-up in the Highland League Cup final against Formartine United at Harlaw Park on Saturday, said: “The first one was very fortunate, but the one on Saturday was a good move.

“We got it wide, it was a good cross into the box and I got into a good area to slot it home nicely. I was quite happy with that one.

“Personally it’s nice to get another goal.

“But it’s about the team. I said that when I came here, that I just want to contribute to what is a very good squad and capable of being successful this season.

“If I can keep contributing with goals or assists or work rate, I’ll do that.”

Cove had to stick in to get another three points in the league at the weekend.

The game was goalless at half-time, with Wick resolute, despite having defender Michael Steven sent off for hauling down Mitch Megginson in the box.

Megginson’s spot-kick was saved by the superb Sean McCarthy. However, after the break, Cove’s class came to the fore as they netted five goals to get in the scoring habit for the cup final.

Scott said: “It opened up at the end.

“Fair play to Wick, they came down and had a decent game plan. They were quite brave in the first half and wanted to get on the ball.

“We felt at half-time we could’ve done better. But we kept calm, persevered and kept probing.

“Maybe fitness came into it a wee bit at the end.”