Cove Rangers’ Ryan Strachan would love to seal the Highland League title tomorrow.
But he insists it is only the first part of what they want to achieve this season.
John Sheran’s side will win the championship if they beat Clachnacuddin at Harlaw Park and Fraserburgh drop points away to Wick Academy.
However, Cove’s ultimate aim this term is to be promoted to League Two through the play-offs.
Winning the Highland League title will see them face the Lowland League champions in the semi-final, with the winner of that tie taking on League Two’s bottom side.
While Strachan thinks Cove have had a great season, he believes it will be defined by whether or not they are promoted.
The midfielder said: “We’re in a good position and it’s more a matter of time now as to when we win the league.
“Hopefully it’s Saturday but if not it would be nice to go to Fraserburgh next Wednesday and get the chance to win it there with a win or a draw.
“It’s maybe a bit earlier than we thought with Fraserburgh losing on Wednesday night.
“Right now on paper it has been a really good season. Our Scottish Cup run was really good, getting to the fifth round and beating some good teams.
“It looks like we’re going to win the league now, but our main focus is getting out of the league. I think that will determine how successful our overall campaign has been.
“It will be a great achievement, but when I signed for Cove the overall ambition of the club was to get out of the league.
“I don’t think we are going to get a better chance in terms of the strength of the squad, the age of the squad, the sheer form that we’ve been in this season.
“Next year other teams will come back stronger.
“The play-offs are not about who’s done best over the season – it’s about who is best on the day. Hopefully we can give ourselves that chance of progression.”
Tomorrow’s game will be Cove’s fourth in eight days.
They have been battling against fixture congestion and Strachan admits it has taken its toll on the players.
He added: “Some of the boys who were playing on Wednesday night (against Strathspey), and I know I was as well, were absolutely shattered.
“Hopefully we can get the league wrapped up and get a chance to refocus, to be properly match fit again.
“Right now we are playing games. But it’s hard, you’re not as sharp as you should be even though you are fit, because you are fatigued and tired.”