Alloa goalkeeper Neil Parry insists the pain of Wednesday’s Betfred Cup defeat to Celtic will soon turn to pride.
The League One leaders were on course to take Brendan Rogers’ multi-million pound squad to extra time until James Forrest and Moussa Dembele strikes in the last seven minutes floored Jack Ross’ part-timers.
The Wasps fared better than Rangers, Aberdeen and Motherwell on their trip to Parkhead with the Hoops having scored a total of 14 goals in those recent three matches.
And Parry, who was named man of the match after pulling off a string of fine saves, insists the disappointment of being knocked out at the quarter-final stage will be soothed when they consider the fright they gave the reigning Scottish champions.
Speaking to BT Sport, the 30-year-old former Airdrie and Queens Park shot-stopper said: “After the game, the gaffer said: ‘It’s testament that you’re coming in here really disappointed’.
“We felt as though the more the game went on that it was getting closer and closer and we would maybe take them to extra-time.
“Unfortunately their class showed in the end. It’s a hard one to take but I think we can be really proud of the performance.
“Loads of teams will come here and lose four or five goals, you’ve seen it already this season.
“The fact we had them on edge for the last ten minutes is a tremendous team effort. Everyone of the boys, the subs as well – I thought everyone was outstanding.
“We put blocks in when we needed to, up front we chased everything down. It’s a tough one to take but I think we’ll look back and be proud of it.”