Clydebank chair Grace McGibbon is relishing the prospect of taking on some of the country’s biggest clubs in the Scottish Cup next season.

The Bankies last week confirmed that their application to become members of the Scottish Football Association will be accepted at an AGM in July, 19 years after the club were last recognised as such.

It means that the Holm Park side can be promoted from the West of Scotland Football League into the Lowland League and then the SPFL setup – if, of course, performances on the park are good enough.

Being a member of the SFA also allows the Bankies to compete in the Scottish Cup – and the mouth-watering opportunity of travelling to the likes of Ibrox or Parkhead in the later rounds of the competition if they get that far.

But the Bankies chair admits she isn’t too fussed about who they come up against.

She says that being in the hat was the main thing – and hopes that having the lure of the Scottish Cup might help attract a higher standard of player to Holm Park.

She told the Post: “Everyone wants the big guys eventually, but we’ll take whoever it is.

“It makes no difference to us; it’s about Clydebank versus somebody, and at this moment in time it doesn’t matter who that somebody is. It was about having us in that pot and we’ve achieved that.

“It’s made our job a wee bit easier as far as the players are concerned because it’s the time of year where you are talking to players for next season and the way forward and what better conversation can you have with a player than you’re in the Scottish Cup next year.

“There’s not any more expectation on the players that there would be in any other competition.

“It’s just the same, but everybody wants to do well, and everybody wants their moment of glory.”

Meanwhile, first-team manager Gordon Moffat has been busy in the last week when it comes to getting players signed up for next season.

The Bankies had a successful first few weeks of the 2020/21 campaign and were top of the Premiership before competitive football was put on hold in January and the season then declared null and void in March.

Top goalscorer and captain Nicky Little had already committed his future to the club, with centre-backs Matt Niven and Jamie Darroch also signing up for another season alongside goalkeeper Jamie Donnelly.

Full contact training sessions will be permitted from May 17, subject to the country’s planned move into Level 2 lockdown limits going ahead on schedule, with the competitive action kicking off two months later on July 17.