Alan Redford believes this is the best Cove Rangers team he has played in and hopes they can clinch the Highland League title tomorrow.
The defender is in his ninth season with the Granite City team and will win his fifth title tomorrow if they win or draw with Forres Mechanics at Mosset Park.
Wednesday’s 1-0 win against Keith at Kynoch Park has put John Sheran’s team on the cusp of glory.
Redford, who is in his ninth season with Cove, hopes they can secure the championship against the Can-Cans which would give them another crack at promotion to League Two through the pyramid play-offs.
He said: “We couldn’t really ask to be in a better position with two games to go – just needing one point.
“The result at Keith takes the pressure off us a little on Saturday.
“After getting a positive result on Wednesday we can go and enjoy the game against Forres under a little bit less pressure than we might of been under had we not won at Keith. I don’t think we want to prolong winnning the league and have to go into the Clach game (next Saturday).
“If it goes to the last game then there will be more nerves and everything would ramp up.
“So we want to take advantage of the position we are in by getting a point on Saturday to wrap up the league.
“I’ve won four league titles in my time with the club and I don’t think you’re ever going to get tired of winning the league.
“We’re in a position to do so which is great and winning a trophy is always great.
“The more you can win the more you take from your career really.
“I’d have to say this team is right up there as the best I’ve played in.
“That’s because there is so much strength in depth, we’ve had good teams since I came to the club.
“There have been a lot of strong teams with really good players but in terms of a full squad I think this is maybe the best we’ve had.”
The strength of Cove’s squad was illustrated against Keith with Redford, Jordan MacRae, Paul McManus and Martin Scott all drafted in to start after being left out of Saturday’s Highland League Cup final triumph against Formartine United.
Redford added: “We’ve got a whole squad of players who want to start every game and feel like they can start every game.
“It’s great for the manager to have the options he’s got and guys like myself can come in and do a job against Keith having not played in the previous game.”
Cove’s winner didn’t come until the hour mark on Wednesday, but Redford was pleased with the belief they showed to keep going.
He said: “Teams can get nervous if the game stays at 0-0 for a long time. But we know we have a lot of good players and something will be created during the game.
“So it’s just a case of keep on going and chances will be created and goals will come. You need to keep having the belief in yourself and we’ve got that.”
Elsewhere, Cove’s closest rivals Brora face Deveronvale at Banff, fourth-placed Formartine visit Huntly and Turriff United finish their season against Buckie Thistle at the Haughs.