Hawick Royal Albert’s dose of Scottish Cup fever

Hawick Royal Albert's Declan Hogg is relishing the prospect of tomorrow's Scottish Cup tie
Hawick Royal Albert's Declan Hogg is relishing the prospect of tomorrow's Scottish Cup tie

ALL the glamour and excitement of the William Hill Scottish Cup is set to hit the town today as Hawick Royal Albert host Highland outfit Golspie Sutherland in a first round tie.

It’s a massive game for both clubs, with a victory and passage into the second round of the competition bringing about not only great prestige, but big financial rewards as well.

What’s more it could bring about an absolute dream game, for also going into the hat for the second round draw are a certain team who have been making the news lately – Rangers.

Over the years not a great deal of Hawick players have had the thrill of playing in the Scottish Cup. However, three local youngsters – Declan Hogg, Steven Drummond and Kerr Brown – are included in the Albert squad for the Golspie clash.

Looking ahead to the game, 17-year-old Hogg, who recently put himself into the record books in being Royalists’ youngest-ever captain when skippering the team against a Rangers XI, told the Hawick News: “It was brilliant to play against Rangers the other week, but this is an even bigger game for the Albert and I’m really excited about it.

“I’ve just turned 17, so for me it’s a big thrill to play in the Scottish Cup and it’s the same for Steven [Drummond] and Kerr [Brown].

“I don’t know much about Golspie Sutherland or how good or bad they are. But they played Gala Fairydean in the Scottish Cup at Albert Park last year and Gala won 5-2, so I think the Albert have a chance of getting a win.”

A young player of great potential, Hogg, who has had spells with Hibernian’s under-15 and under-17 sides and Hawick United, added: “I’m really enjoying playing for the Albert as we have a good team and I was very proud to be captain against Rangers.

“And although we’ve only got the one win so far, we’ve played well in the league cup against some good teams.”

Albert chairman Graeme Paxton said: “It’s a great incentive knowing that Rangers are going to be in the second round along with other third division sides.

“Without being overconfident, I think we have a chance of getting through and it would be a real boost for the club.

“Hopefully we’ll get a big crowd for the match and that the Hawick fans rally round and give the players a big lift.”