Linlithgow Rose hope for gala occasion in Scottish Cup

Linlithgow in action against Newtongrange Star last week
Linlithgow in action against Newtongrange Star last week

Linlithgow Rose take a break from their league exertions this week when they travel to face Lowland League side Gala Fairydean Rovers in the first round of the Scottish Cup.

Not even the most optimistic of Rose fans harbours dreams of their favourites running out of the tunnel at Hampden in the final next May.

But manager Davie McGlynn does want his side to remain in the tournament as long as they possibly can.

A Scottish Cup tie is a new experience for the Prestonfield boss who took over the managerial reins at Linlithgow during the summer - but one he says he’s looking forward to.

And while he admits comparison of teams from different leagues is difficult, he will prepare for the trip to Gala in the same way as for any other match.

He said: “The Scottish Cup is something new for me. I have never been involved in the cup before and am really looking forward to it.

“I went down to watch them against Whitehill Welfare and they are a young side who are well disciplined so I’m expecting them to give us a very difficult game.

“But the players will be very professional in the way we approach the game,

“ It doesn’t matter who you are playing - Gala, Hearts, Bo’ness - you make sure that you do the right thing and prepare as professionally as you can.

“It’s obviously a big game for the club as a whole. When you’re involved in the cup you want to try to stay in it as long as possible and that’s what we will be trying to do.”

Rose go into the game in good form after an unbeaten start to the league campaign, Saturday’s 2-0 win over Newtongrange Star leaving them fourth in the McBookie.com East Superleague table, three points adrift of leaders Bo’ness.

McGlynn was pleased with the win - and just as delighted th at his side managed to keep a clean sheet.

He said: “We were always in control and I didn’t think they troubled us too much.

“It was good to get the win and never feel any pressure at any point. The back four have been losing goals, especially late goals, so it was good to keep a clean sheet.”