Ban blues bring City’s Omar back to his best
CARING too much about Elgin City’s quest for progress may have earned Rabin Omar a Borough Briggs bad boy reputation.
The 22-year-old midfielder described his recent three-game ban for a double red card at Stirling as “the worst three weeks of my life.”
He insists his spell on the sidelines gave him time to reflect and he has learned his lesson the hard way.
Now back from his ban, Omar has been instrumental in City victories in two cup competitions over the past fortnight.
He came off the bench to win a crucial penalty in the 2-0 Challenge Cup success at Airdrie earlier this month.
Restored to the starting line-up for Saturday’s Scottish Cup clash with Berwick Rangers, Omar was a stand-out in Elgin’s 3-1 success which earned a home tie against Championship side Alloa in the third round.
The former Annan man wants to stay in the team and shake off his disciplinary issues, which he claims comes down to the passion he shows on the park.
He picked up 15 yellow and one dismissal last season, and was shown the red card twice in last month’s defeat at Stirling Albion, earning him a three-match suspension.
“It was two red cards at Stirling, the first for dissent and I’ve just had a total head loss, to be honest,” he said.
“It happens in football, especially when the stakes are so high. For me, sometimes I care too much and it gets to you a little bit but I need to learn to control myself in that manner.
“Being on the sidelines it felt like the worst three weeks of my life. Being injured wouldn’t be so bad but I just felt I had completely let the team down because it was three big games that we had.
“I felt helpless, and when we lost one of those games at Brechin, I knew I should have been out there helping my team-mates. But it is well-and-truly a lesson learned.
“I need to learn to channel my aggression in a more positive way that impacts on the team.
“The two performances I’ve made since I came back just shows how well we play together when we’ve got a consistent run.”
Omar was involved in Brian Cameron’s early opener against Berwick, later striking a post with a superb 25-yard strike before setting up Shane Sutherland for the clinching third goal near the end.
Kane Hester netted City’s other goal at the start of the second half, stealing the ball off a defender before smashing home to regain the home advantage, after Berwick had levelled before half time.
Elgin now need to transform their good cup form into league points, starting with tomorrow’s home match against Queen’s Park.
“It’s the perfect time to go on a winning run,” said Omar. “You can see what Cowdenbeath have done after getting beat here at the start of the season.
“They have stormed every game since so if we can emulate that form, we can see where it takes us.
“We have definitely got the players, we’ve got the ability for it and it’s just about getting results in the league.
Loan trio Daniel MacKay, Matty Aitken and Daniel Hoban all return for Elgin.