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Ali Coote: 'We've grown as a group'

Scottish midfielder on getting back amongst the goals, the Scotland trip and Rangers in the week

13 March 2018

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B Team midfielder Ali Coote joined iFollow for an interview on Tuesday. He spoke to us about making a return from injury, visiting Scotland and looked ahead to a highly-anticipated match against Rangers.

The 19-year-old started by talking about the 4-0 win over Kelty Hearts on Sunday afternoon.

"I think it was a good performance from the team," said Ali. "We knew it was going to be a difficult game, obviously they are a very physical and direct side. It's not what we come up against in every game for the B Team, so it was different. I thought we dealt with the challenges well, it was a good result and a good clean sheet. It was positive."

The midfielder returned to action after a spell on the treatment table in a match that was abandoned due to snow last month. He scored the fourth goal in that game before the referee brought an end to things after about 47 minutes, then scored against Barnet U23s at Jersey Road.

"I think I spent two months out with my hamstring," said Ali. "I spent a lot of time in the gym and focussed on myself physically and tried to improve, even though I was off my feet. I feel like I did, and I feel like that time out - even though it's not enjoyable at the time - in the long run, it might just benefit me.

"It was good to get a goal, it had been playing on my mind that I hadn't scored in a while so it was good to get on the scoresheet. I hope it still counts even though it got abandoned. It was nice to come off the bench against Barnet and score as well."

This week the B Team are in Scotland, Ali's home nation, for a game against Rangers on Wednesday. He noticed that it was slightly odd coming back with his new team.

"It's different," said Ali. "Considering I came away from here to see all these new faces and then to bring them home is different. But obviously it's good to be home and I think everyone is enjoying Scotland.

"[Rangers] gave us a very, very hard game the last time. I think it will be different now, I think we've grown as a group since then. I think it will be a tight game, it will be a well-contested game but hopefully fingers crossed we can come away with a win."

The B Team will return home to games like Manchester United and City to play before the end of the season. Ali is confident that the team can end things on a high. He said: "I think if we can take every game as it comes, there's no reason why we can't go into those games with a good amount of confidence and hopefully get some good results."

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