THE SCOTTISH Cup served up a disappointing end to Nicky Clark’s Rangers career – but he is hoping it can help kick-start Dunfermline’s season.
Clark was a late substitute at Hampden in May when Rangers were hit with a sucker-punch as Hibs clinched a historic 3-2 triumph in dramatic circumstances.
David Gray’s injury-time header robbed Clark of the chance to go out on a high at Ibrox as he prepared for his summer exit.
But, after his strike against St Mirren earned Dunfermline their first victory in seven matches last weekend, the 25-year-old now wants the Pars to build momentum with a cup win over Highland League leaders Buckie Thistle.
He said: “I was hoping to go out on a high with Rangers. It was obviously my last game there, but it wasn’t to be.
“It’s a great day getting to a cup final and it was a great day to start with – but it didn’t end too well.
“I came on towards the end but it didn’t work out the way we hoped.
“But hopefully we can get through this round and see what happens with Dunfermline.
“It was a big result for us last weekend. We got the three points, which were massive for us, and we’ll take confidence from that and hopefully kick on.”
Clark has revealed how the search for a winning formula during Dunfermline’s poor spells this season have turned into a family affair.
With dad Sandy currently assistant to manager Allan Johnston, Clark has a friendly face with whom to chew over any performances.
But the former Queen of the South attacker, who won 3-0 at Buckie with Rangers in pre-season two years ago, has revealed how even mum Liz has got in on the act.
Clark added to Capital City Press: “Dad and I have had a couple of wee ‘words’ here and there in the last few games when it’s not been going too well, but nothing crazy.
“We’ve just been talking football – and my mum gets an input as well.
“I like to have it. As a football family I’ve had it all my life and when the two of us are at the same team we can talk about it in training and stuff.
“It’s good to have that – and there’s been no big fall-outs yet!”