ROSS McKinnon’s injury misfortune opened a door of opportunity for Elgin City team-mate Paul McMullan at Keith on Saturday.
McMullan starred in City’s 4-0 William Hill Scottish Cup win at Kynoch Park after coming on for broken cheekbone victim McKinnon in the early minutes of the match.
The moment McKinnon clashed heads accidentally with Keith defender Zander Jack can be seen in the Scottish Cup YouTube highlights clip below, along with all of Elgin’s goals.
McMullan entered the fray as a sub after just four minutes and set up Craig Gunn’s first goal as Elgin eventually overcame their battling Highland League hosts.
He admitted the circumstances were not ideal for him coming on but was pleased to get the chance to impress manager Ross Jack.
"I hope Ross is alright and gets back in soon," Paul said. "You don’t wish that upon anybody but at the same time, when your chance comes to get into the team you’ve got to take it.
"It was very early in the game but I think being a professional you’re always ready to come on, whenever it happens.
"This was always going to be a hard game playing a Highland League team. It’s a cup final to these boys, but its the Scottish Cup so we needed to treat it like a cup final as well."
McKinnon was taken to Dr Gray’s hospital in Elgin after being stretchered off, and was later transferred to Glasgow.
He revealed the extent of his injury on Twitter, saying: "Fractured my cheek bone in 2 places. Seeing specialist tomorrow or Tuesday to see what needs to be done."
See this week’s Northern Scot for more Scottish Cup reaction from Paul McMullan, goal hero Ally MacKenzie and manager Ross Jack.