By Colin Bunge
BRECHIN City’s groundman has promised Rangers a welcome they’ll never forget – by growing a GREEN pitch.
Keith Juggs, 53, is part of the wave of excitement sweeping the Angus town as the Rangers and their colourful travelling support make their way to the East Coast town to watch their team start their season with a Ramsdens’ Cup showdown with the Angus club. And his choice of colour for the grass is being widely seen as a tribute to the Ibrox club’s new owner.
Excited Keith, 52, has been weaving his grass growing magic for the Gleeb Park cracks since 1978. But he’s never experienced the excitement of an encounter with the Ibrox giants.
“I’ve been here 24 years and never known anything like it. The summer rain has really made it tough to make sure we’ve a decent surface for kick-off.
“But I’ve put in some overtime making sure the pitch has been well-drained.”
The Angus club have been working non-stop to put on a show for the massive travelling support expected to descend on the town.
And even the town’s BAKERS are determined to put out the bunting and welcome mat for the Glasgow men.
“We’ve always made sure the club get the first batch of pies every other weekend”, Bob Gluff, head baker at Phartson’s on Brechin’s Main Street, told SportsWreckered.
“We never get many returns, and it’s good to have regular customers who seem to enjoy our pies and bridies.”
The game, kicking off at 3pm this afternoon, is being seen by many as the biggest and most historic event in the Angus town’s history, with local East Coasters pinching themselves at the prospect of the men from Glasgow’s Southside arriving in Angus.
And the club’s Glebe Park could see a capacity crowd, with rumours sweeping the Angus town the ground’s famous bush may be used as a temporary stand for the visit of the Ibrox cracks.
Meanwhile, local dignarities are predicting a windfall bonanza for businesses amidst the carnival atmosphere the Teddy Bears are predicted to bring to the showpiece occasion predicted by many.
“I know wee Annie at the Railway Arms should be getting a few extra hours on a Saturday, and she’s a bairn to keep. She could be doing with the money”, Station Master Tam Flah said last night.
Today’s encounter is the Ibrox men’s first match since an alliance of Scotland’s rebel clubs sent them packing to Division 3 in a 25 to 5 vote.
David Murray was unavilable for comment.