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WATCH: "Callum McGregor is the best player in Scotland but my Rangers-supporting pals don't want me to back out of hard tackles on him" - Buckie Thistle player and Celtic fan Dale Wood can't wait to mix it with his Hoops hero

By Craig Christie

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Buckie Thistle footballer Dale Wood rates Celtic captain Callum McGregor as the best player in Scotland, and can't believe he will be competing against his hero in Sunday's Scottish Cup clash.

Celtic play Buckie on January 21.
Celtic play Buckie on January 21.

The star-struck 26-year-old is relishing the opportunity to rub shoulders with McGregor and team-mates Kyogo and Matt O'Reilly, but is determined not to be overawed by the occasion.

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Speaking after Saturday's hard-fought Highland League win at Huntly, Wood admitted that the biggest match in Jags' history has been a distraction to the players for several weeks now.

He said some of his close friends support a club on the other side of Glasgow and won't let him go easy against the Celts.

Celtic fan Dale Wood loves playing in the Buckie Thistle hoops. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Celtic fan Dale Wood loves playing in the Buckie Thistle hoops. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
"I've got a lot of pals who are Rangers fans and they are saying 'don't be backing out on tackles' - obviously you want to do your best, you want to make a name for yourself and score or play well.

"I definitely will be going for it."

The Buckie midfielder joked that if his team pulled off the biggest shock in Scottish football history by defeating Celtic, he might not be made to feel welcome by his Hoops-daft family in the future.

"There's always a chance but realistically if it happens we should all retire, there and then," he said. "You are never going to do anything like that ever again.

"We will go out there and give a good account of ourselves, that's all we can do.

"I'm not sure if I would be allowed back in my mum's house if we do (win), but we'll wait and see!"

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