RAITH Rovers manager John McGlynn has more reason than simple home town affection to cheer on Musselburgh Athletic in Sunday’s Scottish Junior Cup final.
The club is not only his local team, it is also a big part of his family.
John’s elder brother, Charlie McGlynn, has been Musselburgh chairman since the mid 1990s, while his nephew, David, is the current manager.
And these family ties have given the Raith boss a healthy dose of cup fever ahead of the big match against Ayrshire giants Auchinleck Talbot at Rugby Park.
John said: “Musselburgh don’t have a chance according to the bookies, but Auchinleck have only won one of their last five games.
“Every underdog has its day and we’re hoping Sunday is that day for Musselburgh. I’m certainly looking forward to it. Come on the ‘Burgh!”
Musselburgh last won the Scottish Junior Cup in 1923 but the glory days had all but disappeared – until the McGlynn’s got involved.
“They’ve come on leaps and bounds since my brother became chairman around 15 years ago,” John explained.
“Musselburgh were the laughing stock of junior football around that time – they were really struggling.
“But my brother has turned it around. They’re now in the Super League and have won a few cups over the years he’s been there. To think that they are now in a Scottish Junior Cup final is amazing.”
John’s commitments with Raith restrict his opportunities to watch Musselburgh in action, but he has seen enough of them to predict that they can can upset the odds on Sunday.
He said: “Going forward they are a good side so I’ll be surprised if they don’t score. Whether or not they score more than Auchinleck is another matter.”
John has extra reason to support big brother Charlie in his bid to lift the Scottish Junior Cup as he has had a big influence on his playing and coaching career.
The Raith chief added: “Charlie kept me on the straight and narrow growing up and made sure I prepared for games properly. Others were turning to drink but there was no chance of that happening to me.
“It was also thanks to Charlie that I got into coaching. He started up his own boys club team many years ago, Lothian United, and they were the first team I coached.”
The Scottish Junior Cup final takes place at Rugby Park this Sunday, kick-off 3 p.m. The match is live on BBC Alba.