Sharp says Blue Toon can rise to big occasion

Graeme Sharp faced Rangers in a Scottish Cup tie in January 2006.
Graeme Sharp faced Rangers in a Scottish Cup tie in January 2006.

Graeme Sharp had only been a Peterhead player for six months when the Blue Toon faced Rangers in a match billed their biggest since joining the senior ranks of Scottish football.

That was a Scottish Cup third round tie back in January 2006.

Fast forward ten years and the Balmoor club have a higher-profile clash against the Glasgow giants, with the Petrofac Training Cup final at Hampden scheduled for Spring.

Sharp was part of Iain Stewart’s team, which lost 5-0 at Ibrox, lining up against the likes of Barry Ferguson, Peter Lovenkrands and Kris Boyd, who scored a hat-trick on his debut.

The outcome was not that much of a surprise, but Sharp believes Peterhead have a better chance now of causing a cup upset.

Sharp told “The final is a long way off.

“Hopefully that will keep the players motivated and on their toes, knowing that they have the opportunity to play at Hampden against Rangers in a cup final. It’s fantastic.

“They have a chance as it’s Rangers Football Club by name but nothing else really.

“All the expectation will be on Rangers and you just never know.”

Sharp has tasted victory against Rangers, when the teams met in League 2 in 2013.

Jim McInally’s men finished second that year but they went one better the following campaign, as the Blue Toon clinched a first major trophy since joining the SPFL.

Sharp added: “I had really good times at Peterhead and finished on a real high, winning the league.