Murray Douglas will run out for Heriot’s at Melrose in a Scottish Cup quarter-final tomorrow hoping to add to what is already a halcyon season.
The 24-year-old second row arrived at Heriot’s from university during the summer to take up a job in the Capital, having already been capped twice by the Scottish club international side out of Aberdeen Grammar FPs.
However, not even he could ever have predicted that despite settling into new surroundings his form on the pitch would soar to the point of being him rewarded with the captaincy of the club side that played in Ireland last week.
“The club have got on a bit of a run (seven games unbeaten) and that has obviously helped, and one of my aims now is to reach Murrayfield, where I have never previously played before,” says Douglas, who is expected to continue at the representative helm for the upcoming clash with France.
A home win over Melrose in the league can provide some extra confidence for Heriot’s tomorrow and Douglas admits: “That was a day when we executed a game plan really well, and in a way that was beyond the clubs’ XV because weather conditions were absolutely horrible.”
Adds the Kirkcaldy-reared Douglas: “It promises to be such a tight game, with Melrose really up for it as well. So whoever takes their chances will probably go through to the next round.”
In tomorrow’s other quarter-finals, Ayr await Glasgow Hawks while Stirling County visit Gala.