Coughlin hoping for favourable Scottish Cup draw

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The draw for the Scottish Cup 2nd Round will take place at the home of Cove Rangers from 6pm on Monday.

Berwick manager John Coughlin has admitted that he’ll be keeping his fingers crossed in the hope that his side are handed a kind draw in tomorrow’s Scottish Cup 2nd Round draw.

“I’ll be hoping we’re handed a favourable draw. There are a lot of so-called ‘minnows’ in the competition in the early stages.

“My nephew actually plays for Selkirk though, so I’m all too aware of how desperate these kinds of teams are to try to get into the next round.

“That said, I do think these are still the kind of guys you want to be drawing.  I think it’d be the best possible draw for us, especially if we’re handed a home draw.”

Expanding on why he values progression in the nation’s biggest knockout cup so highly, Coughlin admits that he sees the tournament as a good opportunity to bolster the bank, subsequently enabling him to reinforce his squad further.

“The reality is that we’ll never win the Scottish Cup. But our target has to be to get as far as we possibly can.

“If we get through the early rounds we really give ourselves a chance to make some money, and that’s what it is. If we’re not going to win the tournament we may as well make as much money as we can out of it while we’re there.

“A good run in the Scottish Cup can do a number of things for us. It’d really lift the profile of the players we have on the books.

“It’s a great competition to play in. It always has been, and it always will be. We’ll be hoping for a good draw that will give us the best possible chance for progression.

“That way any additional funds we do earn can be reinvested back into the squad of players that we have because in terms of numbers, we’re so far down through injuries at an early stage it’s incredible.”