Goal hero Travis keen to face Rose

Defender Michael Travis revealed he was hoping for Linlithgow Rose to win their tie against Wick Academy as it would mean a 20 minute journey from his house.

Travis netted the Loons first goal in the 2-1 win over Queen’s Park to send them to the fourth round of the Scottish Cup, where they face a trip to either Linlithgow or Wick.

The defender played his first game since dislocating his knee two months ago and he was delighted to return to the squad.

The former Arbroath defender also praised Danny Denholm after the winger put in a man of the match performance, saying: “There’s nothing worse than sitting in the stand watching the game so to be out there on the pitch again, it’s brilliant.

“We got the win and a nice goal for myself, Danny’s put in a great ball. The last few weeks he’s been brilliant, you see the way he goes past players and his final ball has been good, look at the goals he can provide.”

Travis reckons the win can kickstart a season that saw the Loons fail to win in ten games, albeit with five draws in those ten.

“It can definitely kickstart our season, we have Peterhead on Tuesday so games are coming thick and fast,” he said. “Hopefully this spurs us on but like I said, the last few weeks watching from the stand we’ve been playing well and have just been unlucky at times.”

He continued: “We’ve not won a game but we’ve drawn the last few games so we’re taking points so at this time of season, if you get a few wins and get yourself going again you can shoot right up the league.

“The league’s so close it’s a case of a couple of wins and you’re up there again.”

He added that although he feels the Loons can beat either side, he would prefer Linlithgow as it would mean a home tie for him, saying: “We’re still in the cup, that’s the main thing.

“Wick and Linlithgow are still to play so we’ll take either of them.

“Hopefully Linlithgow because it’s 20 minutes from my house, it’ll be a nice wee home game for me!”