Kelly eyes place for Cove Rangers’ Highland League title run-in

Darryn Kelly, right.
Darryn Kelly, right.

Cove Rangers’ Darryn Kelly is pleased to have made his comeback from injury ahead of so many big games for the club.

The Granite City side are attempting to defend their Highland League title to secure another shot at promotion to the SPFL through the play-offs.

On Saturday they face title rivals Brora Rangers at Dudgeon Park in the league and Formartine United in the Highland League Cup final next month.

Defender Kelly came on as a sub for the final half hour of Saturday’s 3-1 win over Wick Academy at the Balmoral Stadium in the semi-final of the League Cup.

He said: “I was delighted to get back on the pitch on Saturday.

“It was my first appearance since having an injection in a knee to try to heal the injury.

“It was just a bit of wear and tear and sometimes you have to try things to get back playing.

“I took the injection and it seems to have helped me.

“I came on at right-back and I’m trying to build up my fitness because there are a lot of important games coming up, so the sooner I can get back to full fitness the better.

“There are a lot of players coming back and that’s brilliant.

“Grant Campbell and Sam Burnett have both been out for a long time, but they are back now.

“We’re nearly injury-free and it’s good that players are coming back at the important time of the season.

“It is maybe the opposite of last season when we ended up with a lot of injuries at the end during the title run-in and the play-offs.”

With almost everyone fit there is plenty of competition in Cove’s squad and manager John Sheran added to that with the signing of former Hibs and Ross County midfielder Martin Scott on Saturday.

Kelly added: “We will need everyone in the squad to be used.

“There is competition for places, which was shown with some of players left out on Saturday.

“The competition is shown by captain Eric Watson having been on the bench quite a lot lately.

“It’s unfortunate for him, but the manager picks the team.

“I’d say Martin will be a good signing. He has played at a very high level during his career.

“His experience could be invaluable to us during the title run-in.”