Hail the Gallant Rosie Posie….and the SFA too

Congratulations are due to the players of Linlithgow Rose, which seems strange given that they were soundly beaten 4-0 by Queen of the South in the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup at the weekend.

The Rose, however, made history by becoming the first ever ‘Junior’ team to play in the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup – the round when the big boys start to play.

The 4-0 loss – although I watched the highlights and for large parts of the game they more than held their own against the First Division side – will have been a sore one for the players to take. Of that there is no doubt.

But the fact that they were in the draw alongside the Old Firm and other SPL clubs is a credit to them and they should take heart from it.

To that end, a pat on the back must also go to the bigwigs at the SFA who decided, finally, that it was time the best the junior leagues had to offer would be able to pit their wits against senior sides in the country’s premier cup competition.

I don’t pretend to fully understand the history of the two organisations (the SFA and the SJFA) but it seemed long overdue that there was at least some crossover between the two.

The Scottish Cup should be a competition for the best teams in Scotland and that undoubtedly includes a number of the top junior sides – The Rose have just proved.

In the words of the faithful Linlithgow Rose supporters: “Hail the gallant Rosie Posie” and hail the SFA for a belated victory for common sense. Long may it continue.