Published: 21/10/2016 06:00 - Updated: 20/10/2016 15:53

Buckie aim to match Spider's cup exploits

Written byCraig Christie

A BUCKIE Thistle cup tie against Celtic or Rangers would be manager Graeme ‘Spider’ Stewart’s dream date.

But if Jags can take care of far-travelled visitors Gretna 2008 this weekend they will take one step closer to a possible Old Firm Scottish Cup clash.

Stewart enjoyed cup days against both Glasgow giants as well as Aberdeen and Hearts during his own playing career with Caley Thistle and Peterhead.

And although he knows Buckie will have to reach the fourth round of this year’s competition before they can land a Premiership big fish, he is aiming high after his team’s exploits this season.

“The cup is all about trying to go on a run and making a bit of money for the club,” he said. “You always want a favourable draw. A couple more wins for us and you have that chance of playing Rangers, Celtic or Aberdeen.”

Spider recalls the “buzz” of being involved in big Scottish Cup ties during his younger days.

“When I was at Inverness we got some really good draws. Even when we were in the first division we played Celtic a couple of times, we played Hearts, Dunfermline and Aberdeen and had a couple of really good runs.

“When I was at Peterhead we played Rangers away on Kris Boyd’s debut. I think he scored a hat-trick against us.

“But I remember how exciting it was. You go down the day before and go for your pre-match meal. It’s a bit more professional and a bit of a buzz.

Full story in Friday's Northern Scot.
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