Lee Currie hopes to knockout boyhood heroes

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BERWICK Rangers captain Lee Currie admits he will be risking the wrath of his family as he attempts to send Hibernian crashing out of the Scottish Cup.

Currie, a former Easter Road youngster and boyhood Hibs fan, will be at the heart of the Berwick midfield as the Cup outsiders seek to manufacture a major shock this afternoon. However, there will be no brotherly love from his sibling, Daryl, or his little nephew, Fletcher, who will be among the home fans in the capital desperately hoping to roar the Hibs into the last four.

Lee Currie: Boyhood Hibs fan. Picture: JP

Lee Currie: Boyhood Hibs fan. Picture: JP

“My brother and my wee nephew are going to be in the Hibs end, so that should be good fun and decent for a wee bit of banter,” Currie said. “I couldn’t even get my own brother to sit in with the Berwick fans!

“I think it’s more to do with my nephew, to be fair. He’s Hibs-daft so I don’t think we could convince him to cheer on the opposition – even if I’m in the team. I’m expecting to be the unpopular uncle if we do manage to get the win, but I’m sure he’ll forgive me eventually and, whether they admit it or not, I reckon they will want me to do well.

“I’ve got lots of friends and family heading to the game so it should be a really good occasion.”

Despite Hibs’ status as overwhelming favourites, Currie is bullish regarding the hopes of the Borderers, insisting they wouldn’t bother turning up if they didn’t believe they can get the better of Alan Stubbs’ side. “We have some really good players in this squad and, if we all play to our capabilities, there could be scope for a really big shock,” continued Currie, a league and cup winner with Hibs at youth level.

“If we can keep it tight in the early stages, maybe even nick a goal at some point, then hopefully they will get nervous and the crowd might get on their back a wee bit.

“Of course it’s going to be difficult but if you don’t go into a fixture believing you can win it, then what’s the point of turning up? You may as well not be there.”

Currie is one of a clutch of ex-Hibs youngsters who will be returning to Leith in the black and gold of Berwick this weekend, with David Gold, Steven Notman and Billy Bald also facing their former club.

He added: “It will be a good occasion for the boys that used to be at the club. Circumstances did not work out for a few of the boys at Hibs, who could maybe feel a bit disappointed about not getting more of a chance. I’m sure they are looking to show what they can do at Easter Road.”

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