“For purely sentimental reasons, I would love to have a full capacity crowd at Glebe Park at home against St Johnstone in the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup.”
So said Brechin City manager Jim Weir after his side had overcome Highland League champions Buckie Thistle in Saturday’s fifth round tie.
Jim continued: “St Johnstone are a team that are very close to my heart.
“I had 13 glorious years there and the supporters were fantastic to me. I was granted a testimonial.
“My wife still works there in the commercial department and we obviously have a lot of friends there.
“That would be a bit special, because you have Kevin McGowne who also played there, as did Neil Janczyk, Craig Nelson and Charlie King.
“I have to pay Partick a bit of respect too. No cup tie is a forgone conclusion and when they meet they will be looking at a game against us as an opportunity to get to the semi-final, if not the final itself.
“We are delighted just to be in the draw - whoever we face either St Johnstone of Partick Thistle.
“There is a mixed emotion there, because you may feel that you have a better chance of progressing against Partick Thistle. We are just looking forward to the game.
“I think any part-time club to do what we have done and get to the quarter finals of the country’s premier cup competition deserves to have their game televised.
“There are seven SPL teams left in the competition, plus Brechin City.
“It’s simply fantastic and I hope the people who work in the media nationally recognise that and recognise the fact that we are truly the only real underdog left in the competition.”
The Brechin manager also expressed his delight in how his players approached and carried out their role in Saturday’s vital tie.
“We tried to get the players as relaxed as possible before the game,” he commented. “Going back to the Livingston game on the Tuesday night, it was important we didn’t go overboard in terms of the performance of the players.
“We praised them. We explained that while we were disappointed with the performance, and we lifted their spirits at training on the Thursday night.
“I feel we went about our business in Buckie in the correct manner and the players never really allowed the home side into the game.
“We approached it right and while there wasn’t a great deal between the sides up until we took the lead, you could almost see the marked difference in how we relaxed and passed the ball after David (McKenna) gave us the lead.
“The two goals we scored were both top notch. Having now had the chance to see the television coverage, its hard to determine which of the two goals was the best one.
“Rory’s really was a special goal from a special player and, while some people argued that David meant to cross his, I know him too well to even contemplate that being the case.
“McKenna has great ability in both his left and right foot and he has unbelievable finishing ability.
“We see it every week at our training. He is capable of scoring great goals week in and week out and that’s what we are looking for him to take into our games.
“It was a great goal to relax us and give us the platform to go on and see out the game.
“The whole back four were excellent. Any good team has to be built on a decent defence and that’s something that we have had to pride ourselves in.
“The two full-backs were physical and didn’t allow their players to get on the ball, especially in Paul McLean’s area, where the boy Zander Sutherland is always a threat for them.
“Of the two centre backs, it was hard to pick one who was better than the other. It is great to see Gerry back performing like he was prior to his hernia operation.
“Credit to Ewan Moyes too. He has matured a lot in the last few games. I have been delighted with the progress he has made.
‘Moysie’ is also playing with an injury just now and he deserves a lot of credit for the level of his performance.”
This week Brechin City are back to league business and the manager is hopeful of a few more people coming along to get his side’s promotion push maintained.
He continued: “If even a few of those people who travelled to Buckie on Saturday came along to Glebe Park regularly what a significant difference it could make to this club.
“We have Peterhead here on Saturday and we will need the supporters right behind us again.
“The players have all been talking about the great backing we received at Buckie on Saturday. Our fans sung themselves hoarse. They may have been outnumbered three or four to one, but they simply made themselves heard and we hope they will do the same for us again in the weeks ahead.
“We are missing Rory McAllister and Gerry McLaughlan this week through suspension.
“Jordan Kirkpatrick will come back into the squad after missing Saturday’s game because he was cup-tied. We might put a kid on the bench.
“However, we are still trying to add a front player to the squad, although the availability out there is pretty limited. We only have two strikers available and if one of them picks up a knock during the week we would be struggling.
“We also need to still strengthen to see us through until the end of the season. I have my eye on a couple of players and last week we thought we had one, only for it to fall through.
“We have been speaking to a couple of players and we will have to wait and see if we can get them in.
“As for the injury situation, I am waiting to hear from Dougie Hill as to how he is. He and Gerry (McLaughlan collided on Saturday. Craig Molloy and Paul McLean are also struggling at the moment, but we obviously have a full week before the game.
“Its a big opportunity for those who have been on the bench and feel they should be in the team. It gives them a chance to show what they can do.”