For Jack Carson, he had dreamt of this day 100 times.
But lifting the Scottish Cup trophy on Sunday after Clydebank under-19s win over Airdrie United was better than even the captain’s wildest dreams.
He said: “It’s absolutely amazing. I’ve always imagined it – there’s been a lot of build up and you envision how it’s going to be, how it’s going to feel, how it’s going to happen and it’s nothing like what you can imagine. It feels like the best thing ever.”
And while Carson is still on cloud nine after the win, he’ll soon have to come back down to earth with the prospect of facing very different opposition this week.
He added: “I’ve got a few exams this week but they’ll probably go out the window now I’ve won the cup.”
It has always been the one trophy that has escaped this age group. They’ve been league champions, League Cup winners, Regional Cup champions, but never the Scottish Cup.
But after Joe Slee’s and Abdul Yusuf’s late strikes put the Bankies in control of the tie, it never looked in doubt.
Carson said: “After Abdul’s goal went in I think we felt we were pretty much home and dry, but we know Airdrie are a resilient team so we didn’t take anything for granted, but the fans pushed us right on till the end.
“Even after the game they made the experience absolutely amazing so a big thanks to them and obviously all my teammates. It’s not been easy but it makes it worth when you lift the trophy, it’s absolutely fantastic, it’s the best achievement of my football career.”
After winning the competition in the first year of under-19s there will be more chances ahead for Jack and his teammates. But he’s got his eyes on another prize next year.
He added: “For 99 per cent of the boys in the team the objective is to catch Kieran the gaffer’s eye and to try and push for the first team.
“Of course we’ve still got our own objectives that come first but that’s got the be the ultimate objective, we want to get into the first team and get ourselves noticed and maybe further our careers in football.”
“Although we’re still playing boys football some of us are 18 years old and we just want to keep going, and that’s what it’s all about playing football. “