After last season’s Scottish Cup fairytale, Fraserburgh’s Michael Rae is dreaming of another run in the competition.
The Broch take on Edusport Academy on Saturday in the second round of the Scottish Cup at Annan Athletic’s Galabank.
Last season the Buchan team went on a brilliant run to the fourth round of the cup where they faced Rangers at a packed-out Bellslea.
Ahead of this weekend’s tie, Rae is daring to dream again.
If Mark Cowie’s men reach round three they will be in the draw with Championship big boys like Dundee United, Ross County and Inverness Caley Thistle.
Midfielder Rae said: “Last year was great and there was such a buzz not just around the football team – but the whole town.
“Everyone is wanting another run if we can get it.
“You think playing Rangers you’re not going to get another big game like that in your career, but why not?
“We’ve got to try and we’ve got to aspire to that again.
“Even in the next round if you get through, Championship teams like Dundee United are coming into the competition, so even a tie with a Championship club would be a big thing.”
Edusport Academy play in the Lowland League, but there is more to them than meets the eye.
The club was set up in 2011 and gained full member status of the SFA in 2015.
As an academy, a number of their players are students who come from abroad to learn football but also to study academically.
As a result, some of the players train every day at Lesser Hampden, which is the club’s base.
In the first round Edusport saw off Buckie Thistle 3-1 and Rae admits they are a strange outfit for Fraserburgh to face compared with some of the other teams they could have played in round two.
But after the Broch beat Buckie 2-1 on Saturday in the Highland League to follow up a win over Rothes, Rae says they are confident.
He said: “The last two weeks do give us confidence going into the Scottish Cup. We are going into the unknown a bit with playing Edusport.
“We have had them watched but they’re different and it’s on the 3G park at Annan.
“But if we get the ball down like we did against Buckie that pitch will only benefit us.
“The great thing about the Scottish Cup is you get something different to the teams you face every week in the league. We’re all looking forward to the challenge and hopefully we can get a result.”
Rae was pleased with Fraserburgh’s win at the weekend, particularly with captain Ryan Christie, Scott Barbour, Gary Harris, Paul Campbell, Ryan Cowie and Jamie Beagrie all missing.
Rae said: “It was a hard-fought win against Buckie. In the last two weeks against Buckie and Rothes we have been down to bare bones a bit in terms of numbers.
“We’ve had some people playing out of position. But the players that have come in have all done well and they have been two great results to win against Rothes and then Buckie.”