Inverurie Locos captain Neil McLean has plenty of Scottish Cup memories – but he is dreaming of adding to them with a glamour tie this season.
The Railwaymen take on Fraserburgh at Harlaw Park tonight in the first round of the cup.
Garioch skipper McLean faced Motherwell in the Scottish Cup fourth round in 2009 and Ross County the following year, with the Staggies eventually reaching the final that season.
And in 2015 his injury-time wonder goal which salvaged a 4-4 draw against Annan Athletic went viral.
The 37-year-old knows he doesn’t have too many Scottish Cup campaigns left and would love to have a run in the tournament this term.
He said: “A glamour tie is always what we are aiming for. We were close a few years ago when we had a replay against Arbroath (2012).
“The draw was done on the Saturday after the first game and the winner would have played Celtic.
“That’s what you’re always aiming for, to play one of the top Premiership teams.
“You want to get to the fourth round. That’s the aim of being in the Scottish Cup because you’re a Highland League club and you’re not going to win it.
“But if you can get a glamour tie, that’s your final.
“Father time catches up with everyone but I’m doing OK to keep going at 37.
“I’ve always been hopeful of trying to play Aberdeen, Rangers or Celtic – they are the three everyone wants to play in the Scottish Cup.
“If you can get that then brilliant – look at Fraserburgh last year with Rangers. The guys will savour that for the rest of their careers.
“They’ll always have that to remember, playing against one of Scotland’s top teams.
“We’ve had a little bit of that with Motherwell and Ross County and it would be great to have another big game.
“But we’re under no illusions, we’ll need to be at our best to get past Fraserburgh.”
For Fraserburgh the Scottish Cup memories are fresh.
Last season they reached the fourth round and played Rangers at a packed Bellslea.
While that gives the Broch confidence, captain Ryan Christie is hoping for another run in the competition this season.
He said: “We keep looking back to that, we maybe shouldn’t too much, but it reminds everybody that a couple of games and you can end up with that.
“But that goes for every team at this level – a couple of wins and you are in with the big boys.
“We take notice of that, but we have to concentrate on Locos and trying to get past them. Our cup record does give us confidence.
“We always set goals at the start of the season and one of them is to stay in the cups as long as we can.
“The chairman never puts pressure on the management team or the players at all.
“But he does ask if possible if we can get a decent run in the Scottish Cup because it brings some finance into the club.
“We can’t keep looking back to the Rangers game so now’s the time to try to make more memories.”