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Steven Doris picks up Player of the Round

Friday, 18 January 2013


 

 

William Hill Scottish Cup Player of the Round Steven Doris says scoring for Arbroath at Celtic Park was one of the highlights of his career so far.

 

The striker grabbed a late equaliser for the Red Lichties in their fourth round tie last month to earn a 1-1 draw and force a replay.

 

Celtic secured their place in the fifth round with a 1-0 win at Gayfield but the performances of Doris prompted fans of the Scottish Cup Facebook page to vote him Player of the Round.

 

He received 54% of all votes cast, beating off competition from Brian Graham (Raith Rovers), Billy McKay (Inverness Caledonian Thistle), Johnny Russell (Dundee United) and Peter Weatherson (Greenock Morton).

 

A delighted Doris said: “I’m chuffed to have won the award. The gaffer [Paul Sheerin] phoned me on Wednesday to tell me the news and I’d like to thank everyone that voted for me.

 

“To score a goal at Celtic Park was one of the highlights of my career and it was good that club earned a bit of money from it too.

 

“It’s been a good couple of months for the club and for myself and hopefully we can keep it going for the rest of the season.”

 

Doris’ recent displays for the SFL second division side caught the eye Birmingham City boss Lee Clark who offered him a trial last week.

 

Doris started his career at St Johnstone before being released in 2009 when he joined Arbroath.

 

He helped Arbroath seal promotion to the second division in 2011 and has scored 9 league goals so far this season.

 

Clark heaped praise on Doris following the trial and the former Perth Saints man who would love another crack at full-time football.

 

He said: “I really enjoyed it and the manager said I did really well and didn’t look out of place which was nice to hear. They took good care of me.

 

“The training ground and facilities were great. It’s a different world down there.

 

“I haven’t heard much since but I just want to keep focusing the next game for Arbroath and see what happens.

 

“Arbroath have been great for me in the last few years but I would love to play full-time football again.

 

“When I left St Johnstone it was a bit of a blow at the time but hopefully I can take my chance and get back to full-time again.

 

“There are players that have played part-time football and ended up having a good career at a full-time club so it just shows that you sometimes have to take a step down before stepping back up.

 

“Since I’ve been at Arbroath I think I’ve done pretty well and hopefully someone takes a chance on me.”

 

Poll results: Steven Doris: 266 votes (54%); Brian Graham: 27 votes (5%); Billy McKay: 60 votes (12%); Johnny Russell: 121 votes (25%); Peter Weatherson 18 votes (4%). Total votes: 492.

 


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