MARK O’HARA hopes the noisy backing of his own mini Tartan Army can help inspire Lincoln City to League Two glory this afternoon, writes Graeme Macpherson.

The former Kilmarnock and Dundee midfielder will pick up the first medal of his career if the Imps can beat Steven Pressley’s Carlisle United to clinch the title.

And with the match taking place just across the border, O’Hara revealed dozens of his family and friends from Barrhead are making the journey south to cheer him on.

He said: “My mum and dad have travelled all over England to watch my games this season but with this one being so close to home I think there could around 30 of my family and friends coming down for it. I’m sure we’ll be able to hear them alright!

“It would be brilliant just to win the league in front of all them and then be able to celebrate with them afterwards. It was a bit flat the day we won promotion as we had to wait for another result to go our way but this time it’s in our own hands and we’d love to give all the travelling fans something to cheers about. And to win the first medal of my career would be special.”

O’Hara moved to Lincoln on loan in January after falling out of favour with Peterborough United. Having become an instant hit with the fans he wants to make the move a permanent one in the summer.

He added: “I started off at Peterborough really well. I was playing a lot and scoring goals. But after that the manager decided to change things around and I was in and out the team for a couple of months.

“I then had the chance to come to Lincoln and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. A lot of Scottish folk might not know much about them but it’s a really ambitious club. They get 10,000 sell-outs ever week and there’s a really good vibe about the place. It’s all really positive and the fans seem to have taken to me really quickly which always helps.

Barrhead News: O'Hara joined Peterborough from Dundee last yearO'Hara joined Peterborough from Dundee last year

“Lincoln really want to keep me and I want to stay here too, 100 percent. A fee had been agreed for me back in January so as long as Peterborough don’t move the goal posts then that will hopefully all go through in the summer and I can get back to playing in League One with Lincoln.”

The 23 year-old left Dundee last summer on freedom of contract but he insists there was no bad feeling with former manager, Neil McCann.

He added: “It was the right time for me to leave Dundee. I’m quite ambitious so I wanted to come down to England to see how I would get on. I felt I had had a good couple of seasons at Dundee and it was time to move on and do different things.

“In Scotland you’re only playing against 11 teams and here we’re in a league of 24. So it’s been new experiences for me that I’ve enjoyed.

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“I think I’ve left Dundee on good terms. I’ve spoken to Neil McCann a few times via text so we’ve kept in touch. They had offered me a new contract back in December so he knew from early on I was going so hopefully there are no hard feelings.”

And O’Hara hopes for the sake of his former team-mates that Dundee can stay up. “With the quality that I know is at the club they should have enough to get out of it. It’s a really tough league but I hope they’ve got enough in the tank to get themselves to safety.”