Rovers legend Brian confident ahead of semi final

Ramsdens Kirkcaldy Branch Manager and ex-Raith Rovers captain Brian Cooper
Ramsdens Kirkcaldy Branch Manager and ex-Raith Rovers captain Brian Cooper

Raith Rovers legend Brian Cooper has tipped the side to make it through to the Ramsdens Cup Final.

The 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, who is now manager of the Ramsdens store on Kirkcaldy High Street, is impressed with the start the side have made to the season and their progress in the tournament so far.

“They left it late in the last round but that doesn’t matter - especially in a cup tie,” he said.

“The most important thing was that they got through. Falkirk are a decent side so it was fantastic that Rovers got to the semi.”

With home advantage Brian is convinced the home side will be too strong for Annan Athletic.

“I’d be very disappointed if Rovers didn’t get through,” he said. “Especially as they’re going so well near the top of the league.

“They’ll be full of confidence. They’re favourites this time and it’s a big chance for them to get to a final.”

The former defender also rejects any idea that the Stark’s Park side will let nerves get the better of them.

“No danger!” he said. “It’s Annan they’re playing. Maybe if they had been drawn to play Rangers it would be a different story, but I can’t see it happening.

“A good crowd would help of course. So it would be great if a big support turned up on Sunday and got right behind the team. Maybe that will play on the Annan players’ nerves.”

As a manager for the tournament’s sponsor he thinks that a Rovers - Rangers final would be good for all.

“It’s great for Ramsdens. It’s good that Rangers are still in the competition purely in terms of publicity. You’d have to fancy them to beat Stenhousemuir, stranger things have happened of course, so if Rovers could get through to play them in a final the financial benefits would be massive for them, and it would be great for Ramsdens too.”