Hibs cup tie should be ‘fantastic’ day out says manager Cameron

Danny James (8) from Kelso collecting tickets for Easter Road where Berwick will play Hibernian in the quarter final of the Scottish Cup
Danny James (8) from Kelso collecting tickets for Easter Road where Berwick will play Hibernian in the quarter final of the Scottish Cup

All roads will lead to Edinburgh for Berwick fans this weekend when Rangers face Hibernian in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.

The game, which is being screened live on Sky TV, is worth in excess of £100,000 for The Borderers.

The club has been allocated 1,200 tickets for the game and fans are expected to make the journey by bus, car and train.

A club spokesman said this week that they had booked four buses to transport supporters to and from the game and they are confident they will be filled.

Manager Colin Cameron says it will be ‘a fantastic experience.’

“The lads have done well to get this far and I know they won’t want to let themselves down, especially in front of the TV cameras,” he said. “I am sure they will all want to Sky+ the match and play it back afterwards.

“I know that as an ex-Hearts player I will get a lot of stick off the Hibs fans, but I am big enough to accept that.

“From a managerial point of view this will be one of the highlights of my career so far.”

Cameron added that it should be a great day out for the fans and hopefully a bumper pay-day for the club.

“To a club like Berwick we are talking about an awful lot of money.”

The game kicks off at 12.45pm on Sunday (March 8), exactly 35 years to the day since the teams last met in the quarter-finals of the competition. On that occasion, Hibs, including George Best, earned a 0-0 draw at Shielfield, and won the replay 1-0 at Easter Road.

“We know it is going to be extremely difficult,” admitted Cameron, “but we are up to the challenge. Hibs are two levels above us, but we have some very capable players.”

Rangers haven’t had the best of preparation for the match as Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Albion Rovers mean they travel to the capital on the back of three successive league defeats.

“After losing our two previous games we were looking for some sort of reaction from the players,” admitted assistant manager Robbie Horn, “but we didn’t get it.

“There was a lack of desire and commitment and we have to hope they can pick themselves up for the trip to Easter Road. But let’s be honest, if they can’t get up for a game like that there is something seriously wrong.

“The manager has told the players the league is our bread and butter, but the cup is a bonus. This is a chance for the players to go out and enjoy themselves.”

Milfield-based Jonny Fairbairn, who is the only local in the Berwick side, is looking forward to the game, but says Rangers will not go there with any expectations.

“We are the underdogs,” he said, “so there is no real pressure on us. We will go there and give it our best shot.”

Tickets for the match went on sale last week and fans were also able to buy them at Shielfield on Saturday prior to the league game against Albion Rovers.

A limited number were also made available on-line for the first time as a trial and this appears to have been a success.

Cup tie preview, plus match report from

Saturday on pages 74-76