Brora Rangers boss Davie Kirkwood felt the performance during his side’s 1-1 play-off first leg draw with Edinburgh City proved that his players want promotion to SPFL League Two.
The club had admitted to exploring options of not participating in the two-legged tie, but Kirkwood was bullish in praising the commitment of both sets of players after it had been suggested that those in red-and-white wouldn’t be going all out to win the game.
“I think when you look at that game there and see two teams going at it like that, it just shows the contempt of some of the things that have been said about these players and who wants to go up,” said the former Hearts player.
“That was a spectacle – two teams that wanted to give their all, two fantastic goals. With people saying the players didn’t want to go up, that showed that every single player on the park wants to go up. The reaction when we scored the goal showed that and what it meant to us.”
Kirkwood dismissed any notion of his team having gained the upper hand ahead of the return leg. “No, we don’t have an advantage. We know what they’re capable of doing and it’s going to be another cracking game. It’ll be end to end – we don’t know how to do anything else, we just attack.”
Brora defender Grant Munro was of a similar opinion to his manager, but admitted at 35 he won’t be around for another shot at league football if Brora go up. “It’s not for me,” said the ex-Inverness Caley man, who’ll miss the second leg due to a family function. “I’ll be 35 in a couple of months time, but the boys are hungry for it. I’ve got a young family and my job’s now changed from being a professional footballer to working 9 to 5. When I was 21 and had no responsibilities I could, but I’ve three young kids now and personally I can’t do it now.”