Edinburgh City captain Dougie Gair has established something of a tradition of finding the net in the Scottish Cup and hopes to stick with it when Coldstream visit Meadowbank in the first round tomorrow.
The City skipper has already netted his now customary Scottish Cup strike in the 5-0 preliminary round win over Fort William last month. The midfielder opened the scoring to register his 15th goal in this competition for City and he joked that despite talk on the training ground, he doesn’t feel any extra pressure to keep adding to his tally.
He said: “There’s always a bit of banter flying about before the games now that I’ve got that reputation, so I’m sure there’ll be even more in the lead up to the game.
“I don’t feel any extra pressure – If I score I score and thankfully it seems to be in the Scottish that I’ve got the majority of them. I think it’s over probably the last seven or eight years. It’s not a bad record – there won’t be too many non-leaguers kicking about with that sort of stat.”
Gair and his team-mates have certainly been getting it right in the league this season. Following last weekend’s 5-1 demolition of Preston Athletic, the Meadowbank side sit top of the Lowland League with 20 points from eight games and the captain is hoping to maintain that form when it comes to knock-out business tomorrow.
“We’re still unbeaten and our priority is to keep that run going,” he explained. “If we manage that we’re in the next round of the cup, so that’s certainly the aim.”
City have a tradition of performing well in the early stages of the Scottish Cup and the midfielder admitted that there’s usually a slightly different feeling surrounding these games in the week building up to them.
“I think the cup, especially in the Scottish, has always got a wee bit added importance. I think we maybe put that wee bit extra into it.
“Certainly at training Gary [Jardine] will get it driven into us that we need to be sharp. We had a wee chat on Tuesday night he said we’ll need to be on top of the game no matter what. We always do our work on the opponents and I think he’s had them watched at least once.”
Coldstream travel to Meadowbank with the daunting task of being the first side to defeat Jardine’s team this term if they want to progress. The Borders club currently sit seventh in the East of Scotland Premier Division and will be hoping to fair better against Edinburgh opposition having lost 0-2 at home to Tynecastle last Saturday. Gair admitted it’s difficult to know exactly what to expect from The Streamers tomorrow, but is sure that the week’s preparation and City playing as they’ve demonstrated will give them a good chance of the result they want.
“They seem to have had a bit of a ‘stop-start’ start to the season. They got beat at home at the weekend so that was probably a bit of a surprise for them.
“They have a couple of decent players who play in the select squad as well so I think they’re going to come up and give it a go. We’ll have to be at our best I think.”