Stuart Duff has hailed Cove Rangers’ squad as “probably the best in the Highland League”.
The midfielder believes the squad John Sheran has assembled is key to Cove trying to win a second successive Highland League title.
Ahead of tonight’s match against Nairn County at Harlaw Park, Duff said: “Throughout the season you need to have a big enough squad so that you can make adjustments.
“We’ve got the players with the ability to move around positions.
“But relying on a few players’ versatility would be very difficult for a whole season, so we have a vast squad and it’s one that is probably the best in the Highland League.”
Cove sit third in the table before tonight’s game with 26 points from 11 league games.
They are two points behind second placed Brora Rangers and five points off leaders Buckie Thistle.
Nairn are 16th with seven points from 10 games.
However, they have achieved this with an almost entirely new squad and management team.
At the end of last season the club’s main sponsors pulled out forcing the club into making massive cuts which caused most of the playing squad and manager, Les Fridge, to leave.
Duff is full of praise for the way Nairn have recovered under new boss Ronnie Sharp.
The 34 year old said: “We should be applauding them for the way they have gone about their business.
“They’re had to get a whole new team in, and it will be a very tough game for us tonight.”