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Try telling Jeanfield boys cup magic is fading Swifts star buzzing about going to Kelty to make some football history

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awaits against the Lowland League leaders managed by former Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson.

Dodd, who returned to Swifts from Kelty at the beginning of this year, said: “There was a Zoom call to watch the draw.

“Everyone was waiting patiently to see who we’d get. I had a funny feeling it was going to be Kelty. And we actually almost came out of the hat against Elgin, another of my former clubs.

“Kelty are a really good side and have dangerous players all over the park. Listen, of course it’s going to be tough.

“I’d say they are stronger since I was there.

“Since I’ve left they’ve brought in the likes of Kallum Higginboth­am and Michael Tidser.

“But our record against Lowland League sides is very good and again they’ll know that. They will be favourites.”

While there is much talk of this being a proud moment, don’t for a second think Jeanfield aren’t travelling thinking they can pull off a shock. The squad assembled at the Riverside is strong and packed full of players with SPFL experience on their CVs.

“There’s a little bit of added motivation playing a former club,” said Dodd. “I enjoyed my time at Kelty and probably wasn’t there as long as I would’ve liked.

“Barry has ambitions to push up the leagues and I’m sure he’ll be motivated to get a cup run as well.

“I know for a fact that a cup run is important to him. Last year, when I was at Kelty, we played Auchinleck and didn’t give a good account of ourselves.

“I’m sure Barry will have that in his team talk on Saturday. I’m not sure, but I might even get a mention in their team-talk.

“But he’ll have had us watched against

Inverkeith­ing. He does his homework and will know we have dangerous players.

“I think it will be a fairly even game. If we can keep it tight, we will definitely create chances.

“We are a different animal this year. We’ve got nothing to fear. We’ve been very strong defensivel­y and have players who can hurt them.

“It’s a right good surface, both teams like to play football and I think it’ll be a good game.”

There will be a tinge of sadness that the game, as has been the case all of this season, will be played behind closed doors due to the coronaviru­s pandemic.

Dodd’s parents Richard and Carol would certainly have been front of the queue.

“They have travelled far and wide to watch the Swifts through the years,” Dodd said.

“It is gutting, absolutely gutting, that there are no fans at the game. It would’ve been

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