Peterhead manager Jim McInally today challenged his players to use their cup final pain to help seal promotion to the Championship.
There was heartache atHampden for the Blue Toon and their army of 2,000 fans when they lost 4-0 to Rangers in the Petrofac Cup final.
McInally, however, expressed pride in the way his part-time side performed against the Gers.
He also urged them to bounce back and ensure they come through the promotion play-off to go up into Scottish football’s second tier for the first time in their history.
McInally said: “The cup final was their big day in the sun.
“But we can have an even bigger one if we go and create a bit of history for the club and make it up through the play-offs to the Championship.
“Don’t get me wrong, I hated losing the final to Rangers.
“But our chairman will be smiling once he sees the gate receipts and our fans will be pleased to have got the chance to experience a final at the national stadium.
“Our season is all about the play-offs though.
“Getting into the Championship would be huge for our club.
“It would give our fans loads of big games to look forward to next season.
“You want people to be looking back at us as the team who made history.
“It would mean a very tough season for us up in the Championship.
“But we would rather have that chance.”