IF you cut Tommy Sloan open, his heart would probably bleed black and gold.

Such is his dedication to the cause of Auchinleck Talbot.

On Sunday, the inimitable Sloan picked up a record sixth Scottish Junior Cup as a boss, beating predecessor Willie Knox. Now he has 25 trophies as gaffer.

However, he shrugged off the landmark by saying: “People keep telling me about all these records and the like but I don’t pay any attention to stuff like that. These are things you think about when you retire. I only think about the next match.”

He admitted celebrations were allowed on Sunday night with a few drinks enjoyed by boss and squad.

But by Monday he was already thinking about that all-important game, which is Wednesday’s Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup quarter-final against Beith.

Sloan is ever the optimist and keeps believing as he always has right to the end. It was a master stroke that he brought on Mark Shankland late in the game as he set up the equaliser and winner. They were cruel daggers in the Hurlford heart and there was no way back for Darren Henderson's side.

Legend Sloan was the driving force behind Kilwinning Rangers’ double treble - six trophies, including the Scottish Cup - back in 1999. That was the catalyst and his hunger shows no sign of abating.

The next aim - to win the league and complete the treble by beating old foes Cumnock away on Saturday. If successful, two more trophies would still be up for grabs - the Evening Times Champions' Cup and West of Scotland Cup.

Stories will be written about this guy for generations to come.