Bo’ness goal-getter Gribben craving a crack at Rangers

Darren Gribben
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Bo’ness United forward Darren Gribben has his sights set on a dream William Hill Scottish Cup third-round clash at home to boyhood heroes Rangers.

Gribben was instrumental in the BUs’ first-round tie against Selkirk on Saturday – a double in a 4-0 victory ensuring a comfortable afternoon away to the Lowland League outfit.

Super League champions Bo’ness were rewarded with a home tie against North Super League champions Culter in the second-round draw on Monday – a favourable tie according to Gribben, who believes his side can handle anyone at home, including Rangers, who enter at the third round.

“If we can get through the second round, I’d love to draw Rangers at home,” said Gribben, 28, pictured.

“Most of the boys wouldn’t be fazed if we were to draw a big team – we’d just go out and play and see what we could do.

“At home we would take anyone, that’s how confident we are playing at home.”

Not that Bo’ness’ place in the third round is guaranteed however. Culter, from the town Peterculter near Aberdeen, will come calling to Newtown Park on Saturday, October 4th, and although he confessed to knowing little about them, Gribben is confident his side will progress.

He said: “I think it’s a really good draw. I don’t know much about them, but I’m sure most of the boys won’t. We have a quality team, there is a lot of boys who could play in the second or third division.”

Gribben’s goals on Saturday were featured on Sky Sports News that evening, but it’s not the first time the former Hamilton youngster, who can count ten lower-league clubs on his CV, has been on TV.

Gribben was part of the Berwick Rangers side which lost 2-0 at home to Celtic in the Scottish Cup fourth-round back in January 2011 – a match which was live on Sky – with the attacker having an early ‘goal’ flagged offside.

The player, who scored 26 goals in all competitions last season for Bo’ness, admits people often cast a cloud of doubt over how he has played for so many clubs at his age, but insists he hasn’t had a troubled career.

“It wasn’t anything bad, it was just sometimes better teams came in for me from a high division,” he said.

“People think ‘Aw you’ve had ten clubs’ – most of them were a season and I did well then moved on to another club. Maybe with one or two I didn’t get on with the manager but I’m sure quite a lot of players have done that in their career.”