Countdown over for Scottish Cup Final

GLASGOW speedway bosses hope to take a bumper crowd to Edinburgh on Friday for the long-awaited second leg of the Scottish Cup final.

One of the clubs will win their first team silverware of the season at Armadale.

The Tigers hold a 50-40 lead after beating the Monarchs in the first leg at Ashfield back in March.

The meeting will act as a warm-up for Glasgow’s play-off semi-final meetings against Workington the following weekend.

However, they will travel east without No 1 Craig Cook, who has been out with a hand injury since the German Grand Prix 10 days ago.

Even if he’s fit, he’ll be in Poland for the final World Championship round at the season.

A guest is still to be announced for Cook – but Newcastle’s Carl Wilkinson will deputise at reserve for Nathan Greaves, who remains sidelined.

Glasgow have encouraged fans to buy tickets for the meeting directly from the club in advance, as all proceeds are kept by the Tigers.

Club owner Gerry Facenna said: “We’d love to see a big travelling support at Edinburgh to cheer the boys on ahead of our play-off meetings.

“By buying your tickets directly from the club in advance, you can help support us off-track as well as on it.

“We keep all the money generated from these ticket sales, which supports us in continuing the work we do to promote the sport and create a product to be proud of.

“It might only be the Scottish Cup, but it’s certainly not a dead rubber by any means – no Scottish derby is.

“We want to get our boys fired up ahead of the play-offs and there would be no better way to do that than by giving them a taste of silverware and letting them get their hands on the historic trophy.

“It’s been a season of big ups and downs for both Scottish clubs, and we’ve both won and lost at each other’s tracks, so it could go either way.

“Given the break we’ve had over the last few weeks, many fans will be desperate to see some action again, so make sure you come along and give the riders and the club a helping hand.”

Tickets are available online here or from Allied Vehicles all week – while tickets bought for the original staging remain valid.

A free bus will run to the meeting with places available on a first-come, first-served basis.