SPARTANS striker Robbie Ross couldn’t have fared much better after making his competitive debut for Spartans in their 4-2 victory in the Ramsdens Cup qualifying first-round tie against Threave Rovers last Saturday.
The 25-year-old netted a brace in the first leg match to put his side two ahead, only for Threave to draw level before goals from Kevin Motion and Chris Anderson sealed the win for the Capital side.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s return leg at Meadow Park, Ross said: “It’s always nice to get a couple of goals on your debut and it was a relief more than anything.
“I think we controlled most of the game last Saturday, but gave away two cheap goals which gave them a wee bit of a boost.
“I thought Threave came to try and make it difficult for us but I we played well, created some chances and scored a few goals.
“Hopefully, our two-goal lead will be enough but the tie isn’t over and we’ve got to go there with the right attitude.”
Having spent the majority of his senior career with Edinburgh City, a club for which he still holds a lot of affection, Ross insists the time was right to move on. And, as fate would have it, he’s been handed an immediate return to Meadowbank as a Spartans player when the inaugural Lowland League campaign kicks off with an opening-day clash between the city rivals on August 10.
“I needed a bit of a change.” Ross explained. “I spoke to (Spartans boss) Dougie Samuel not long after the Edinburgh City v Spartans Cup final last season. Edinburgh City obviously means a lot to me having been there a number of years but I needed a move.
“To be honest, there weren’t too many teams I would have left them for so the opportunity to go to Spartans was one that I may not have had in the future so I felt I had to grab it at this point. I still have a lot of friends at City, though, and they were very good to me.
“It will be strange as I’ve never played against City before but I will be looking to get three points on the board for Spartans.
“We want to compete in the league but I think we’ve got to be up there as one of the favourites to win it.”