Bute Youth Football Coaching’s under-17s face possibly the hardest game in the club’s short history this Saturday, September 14, when Celtic Youth come to Rothesay for a second round Scottish Cup tie.
Just two games into the new league season, the task facing the Bute lads could hardly be bigger - and while the league will be Bute’s priority this season, as it could be the team’s last year playing competitive football together, the lure of such a big cup tie can’t be denied.
Celtic not only carry a name; they also play in one of the best leagues in the area, the Glasgow and District League’s A Division, and have won all but one of their games this season, including a 7-0 victory last week.
Bute, though, should not be overwhelmed: in their last 12 league games this season and last, they have won nine, drawn two and lost only once, and also had a great run in last season’s Renfrewshire Cup, reaching the semi-finals and beating the PJDYFL’s C League champions, B League runners-up and A League runners-up Mojams White along the way.
The game has been scheduled for Sunday to encourage as many spectators as possible to come along and cheer on the local lads.
Players should meet at the stadium at 10am on Saturday for a 12 noon kick-off, and hospitality for players and officials will be provided at Bute Shinty Club after the game.
Coach Roddie Leitch said: “Please, rain, hail or shine, come and support your team. It may be the hardest game we have played in our four year history, but at least if enough friends and family turn out to watch, Celtic may just know they have been to Bute.”
* The tie was originally due to be played on Sunday, September 15 at 1pm, but on Friday we received word from Roddie that the game had been moved forward by a day.