Scottish Cup winner from St Johnstone has ‘same desire’ to lift South Challenge Cup with East Kilbride


Chris Millar lifted the Scottish Cup with St Johnstone in 2014 and insists he has the same desire to lift the South Challenge Cup with Lowland League East Kilbride this season.

Kilby’s skipper will take his team to a round of 16 tie against Lanarkshire rivals the Cumbernauld Colts at Broadwood on Saturday, and he hopes it will be the next step on the way to some trophies this season.

EK made a brave exit from the fourth round of the Scottish Cup late last month as they were beaten by League One Peterhead on penalties and despite being favorites for the pre-season title, Millar’s side find themselves fifth in the league and 16 points behind runaway leaders Bonnyrigg Rose. .

The South Challenge Cup represents a great opportunity for EK to salvage something from a disappointing season and Millar said: “It doesn’t matter what level I’m playing at, any cup competition I’m in I want to win it.

”It doesn’t matter if it’s the Scottish Cup or the South Challenge Cup.

Chris Millar of St Johnstone celebrates with the Scottish Cup

“It is something that was instilled in me as a player that I want to win all the matches and all the trophies that I can.

“I still have that desire to go and be successful and win trophies. It is something that has always been in me as a player.

“It is important that we do something this season. It feels like the league is out of our hands now and we’re out of the Scottish Cup so we want to try and make it a successful season.”

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EK enter the clash after a shock 0-0 draw with bottom-of-the-table Vale of Leithen at K-Park on Saturday.

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And Millar is looking for a reaction to that disappointment, as Kilby struggles after losing some key players in recent months.

He added: “We didn’t perform at the level we know we are capable of and we were hugely disappointed not to win the game.

“But we are looking forward to the cup match now.

“It is a competition in which we want to progress and try to win because we feel that this season some of our results have not been as good as they should be.

Chris Millar of East Kilbride

“This would give us something to show for the season and it is important that we go to Cumbernauld on Saturday and get things straightened out from the weekend.

“We have lost some players. Chris Erskine and Gregg Wyle are huge losses for us, losing guys of that caliber will hurt any team.

“But there’s more than enough in that locker room to go on and get a result on Saturday, and go on to win the competition. Cumbernauld beat us at the beginning of the season and that’s something that didn’t make us happy, so it will be in the back of our minds until Saturday.

“But in any game you have to show up and try to win it.”

Boss Chris Aitken is equally determined to get the cutlery. He said: “We want to go and win this cup.

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“We need to put in a good performance to get through.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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