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McInally previews Petrofac Training Cup final

Fri 08 Apr 2016

Peterhead manager Jim McInally has encouraged his players and the supporters to make the most of Sunday's Petrofac Training Cup Final against Rangers.

The club will be competing in their first ever senior national cup final on Sunday, and the magnitude of the occasion is not lost on the Blue Toon boss. Previewing the match with Waves Radio Sport, McInally said: "Outwith [the likes of] Celtic, Rangers, Hearts, Hibs, Aberdeen, Dundee United, hardly another team in Scotland have played in a game like this. It's a unique game."

"To go to Hampden and play in front of a full house [...] I think it's the last time anybody in the lower leagues will get the chance to do that against a club like Rangers. It's something they've got to savour, and make sure they enjoy the day."

Whilst the Blue Toon go into the game as underdogs, McInally will draw inspiration from a 2-1 win at Ibrox back in April 2013. Scott Ross and Rory McAllister scored for Peterhead on that day, and both could potentially line up against the Glasgow side on Sunday.

"You have got to remind the players. For all the guys that played that day, and there's still quite a few of them there, it should stand them in good stead. Hopefully they can take the lessons from that and carry it onto Sunday."

McInally also commented on his own career as both a player and a manager, and where Sunday's game ranks among them: "As a player, I was lucky that I had a lot of good moments. I think it's sometimes hard to put them in order of what's best."

"As a manager, winning the league against Clyde two years ago was a really special day, especially the way it happened. But as far as enjoyment goes, this should be the best day in management."

The manager's final message to the travelling support is a simple one: "It won't get any bigger as far as club games go for Peterhead. As a team, hopefully we can do [the fans] proud, and that's what we'll try and do."