Promotion and Highland League Cup the targets for Cove Rangers new boy Scott

Cove new signing Martin Scott with Wick's Danny Mackay.
Cove new signing Martin Scott with Wick's Danny Mackay.

New signing Martin Scott hopes he can help Cove Rangers to Highland League Cup and promotion glory.

The former Ross County, Hibs, Arbroath and Stenhousemuir midfielder has joined the Granite City side until the end of the season and debuted as a sub in Saturday’s 3-1 League Cup semi-final win over Wick Academy.

Scott, who’s well-known by his nickname Jimmy, hit the left post in stoppage time against the Scorries and hopes to help Cove reach League Two with promotion this term.

The 33-year-old joins after leaving Cowdenbeath said: “I’m delighted to join Cove. I did have some options but after speaking to the gaffer I was desperate to come here.

“I’m delighted that he used me in some part of the game against Wick.

“It was a cold one for everyone but at least there were a few goals and we always looked like scoring on the break.

“It was a decent performance in the first half and we saw it out in the second half.

“Everyone’s delighted to be in the final. I’m just in the door but everyone in the central belt has heard of Cove because of how well they’ve been doing.

“It will be good to come here and help the lads and add competition in the squad.

“I come here after two promotions in the last two seasons (with Arbroath and Stenny) so if it could be possible to be part of another it would be unbelievable.

“I still think I’ve got something to give and I’m experienced at 33 and feel I can offer something.

“I still want to be part of the games and if I can make a difference even if it’s coming on that’s good.”

Boss John Sheran said: “He gives us a different alternative up front and we felt we needed something else a bit more physical up there.

“He is an experienced player that was available and we decided to take him in.

“He can play in a number of places but against Wick we felt up front was the best place for him.

“He can play in the middle of the park or just off the front as well so it gives us a number of choices.”

On reaching the League Cup final, Sheran added: “The aim was to get into a final and we’ve done that so we are pleased. We are probably a bit disappointed with how we played in the last half hour. In the first hour we were very good, but we would have taken 3-1 before the game.”

In the early stages Cove had pressure with a Jordon Brown header cleared off the line by Sam Mackay.

After other efforts were repelled they led on 31 minutes when Brown’s flick put Mitch MEGGINSON away on the right side of the area and from 16 yards he drilled home first time.

It was 2-0 two minutes later when Brown’s shot was blocked and Jamie MASSON fired home the rebound from 15 yards.

The third arrived on 50 minutes when Brown fed MEGGINSON on the left side of the area and he rolled home his 43rd goal of the season.

MACKAY rifled in a consolation for Wick from 20 yards in the 53rd minute.