SFA president Alan McRae has today hailed the development of Cove Rangers’ new stadium at Calder Park as a statement of intent.
McRae, who became president at the SFA last year, was speaking at the Scottish Cup second round draw at the Aberdeen Altens Hotel, and is happy at the progress being made.
He said: “Cove have never had any doubt about their ambitions and intent (to progress up the leagues).
“Twice they tried under the old system and they failed twice.
“It’s progressing, it’s obviously not progressing as quickly as one would like but unfortunately that’s just the way it is.
“The planning permission went through and the sale of Allan Park is more or less finalised – there are just various ‘t’s to be crossed and ‘i’s to be dotted.
“It’ll be on stream by the end of the year and they’ll be looking for a July completion – but there’s a bit to get done.”
McRae was a player with Cove before becoming chairman.
He was also president of the Highland League and has served with the SFA for 24 years as a council member and vice-president.
At the draw, McRae’s old club landed an away tie at Turriff United or Bonnyrigg Rose, who play their replay on Saturday.
Cove will be hoping this is the start of another good Scottish Cup run after drawing Motherwell in the fourth round last season.
Reacting to the draw, Cove manager John Sheran said: “From my point of view it’s not going to be easy for us, away from home, whether it’s Turriff or Bonnyrigg who get through.”
Sheran also insisted he had no preference who his side face.
He added: “In the cup you’ve just got to take who you get. We’ll look forward to playing whoever gets through.”
Elsewhere, Banks o’ Dee will host Formartine United at Spain Park.
Buckie Thistle take on Gretna 2008 and Huntly host Spartans.