By Ben Banks and David Buick
He doesn’t like a little bit of the bubbly- but there’s reason to celebrate without the champagne says Ayr United man Steven Bell.
Bell scored the only goal of the game as the Honest Men pulled off a Scottish Cup upset. His effort dumped Premiership side Ross County out the cup in a 1-0 scoreline.
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It secures their place in the last 16 where they will face Tommy Wright’s St Johnstone. It’s another opportunity to claim a Premiership scalp at Somerset Park.
There will be no corks popped in the wake of this but Bell says the win is brilliant in light of recent circumstances.
“I’ve got one similar in the house from last season which I haven’t touched because I don’t like champagne,” Bell said of his man of the match champagne.
“Any time you beat a Premiership team is a cause for celebration. The gaffer’s been plagued by injuries, bans and postponements so he’s struggled to field a settled team recently but we went with a similar setup as we did when we won at Dunfermline, which was great.
“It was an instinctive header and they didn’t have anyone on the near post – if they had, they might have cleared it. I thought the team were excellent.
“It’s a pretty new team, a blend of youth and experience. The older boys are trying to get the younger ones through games. But we know what we want to do in that dressing room.”