I’m a Broch loon, so this is a dream come true to take on Rangers in Scottish Cup, says Fraserburgh defender Hay

Fraserburgh's Bryan Hay, right.

It was Bryan Hay’s late goal against Spartans that got Fraserburgh through to the fourth round of the Scottish Cup

Now the defender is hoping to fulfil a childhood dream of lining up against Rangers.

Hay struck in the closing stages of the Broch’s third round tie against Spartans at Ainslie Park to help the Buchan club progress.

The 28-year-old scored the winner from close range, from a corner after Paul Campbell’s penalty early in the second half saw the Highland League team back on terms.

Hay is a Rangers fan and revealed as a child growing up it was always a dream of his to play against them.

If selected by manager Mark Cowie he will get the chance to live out that dream on Sunday at Bellslea.

He said: “You actually never really think of playing against Rangers when you play for the Broch.

“But as a youngster you always want to play against a team like Rangers no matter who it is for.

“The new format of the Scottish Cup where all the Highland League teams are in it means everyone’s got a chance. If you win three games you can draw anybody.

“And I said after the last round I was a Rangers fan and I would like to get to play against them.

“It probably won’t actually sink in until we’re standing in the tunnel with the Rangers boys waiting to go out and Mark Cowie is telling me to pick up Danny Wilson at corners.

“It won’t really sink in until then.

“But we’ve got to get everything around it out of our heads and focus on the game.

“It will be a big ask for the players.

“We just need to have the game of our lives, leave everything out on the pitch and see what happens.

“Hopefully, we can do the town and the club proud.”

On the goal that won the Spartans tie, Hay added: “I knew at the time it was a big goal.

“It was an absolute tap-in. From a corner, their keeper fumbled it to my feet and I toe-bashed it in, really.

“We knew at the time it would be a big goal and we’ve scored big goals in the Scottish Cup before.

“Grant Noble hit a late winner against Montrose in 2013 – you knew that would be a big goal and I knew mine would be as well,

“When we all watched the draw and saw it was Rangers it was pandemonium and it turned out to be a bigger goal than I could have imagined.”

Fraserburgh have worked hard to ensure the game is played at Bellslea, with a number of adjustments having to be made at the ground to host the match and also accommodate Sky TV who are broadcasting events live.

For Hay, having the game at the ground he first attended as a fan aged seven makes the tie even more special.

He said: “It’s a massive game for the club and the town.

“Fair play to the committee and the board members as they have put in a lot of work to get it played at Bellslea which is what everyone wanted.

“I think it’s a massive thing for the players to have it in Fraserburgh.

“I’m a Broch loon and remember going down to the ground to watch the boys when I was a young loon hoping to play for them.

“You always think about getting big ties, and now we have one we want it to be at Bellslea because there is a special atmosphere there anyway.

“But especially when it’s a sell-out in front of about 1,800 people – I’ve never played in front of anything like that before.

“It will be some atmosphere.

“I’ve been going there since I was a young loon and there is always a special atmosphere at Bellslea.”

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