Linlithgow set for Broxburn but could face lengthy Wick wait

Linlithgow celebrate Kevin Kelbie's winner at Broxburn in October
Linlithgow celebrate Kevin Kelbie's winner at Broxburn in October

Linlithgow Rose will hope to put their Wick Scottish Cup on-off saga to one side on Saturday get back to gathering league points.

Rose are scheduled to take on Broxburn at Prestonfield in a East Superleague clash.

And after the frustration of the club’s Scottish Cup third round tie at Wick Academy being repeatedly called off - four times so far - manager Davie McGlynn says he and the players are desperate to get back into action.

He said: “We’ve been able to train but it’s been a hard couple of weeks trying to keep the players motivated.

“They just want to get out and play so we’re looking forward to the Broxburn game.”

Rose won 2-1 at Broxburn earlier in the season, when Kevin Kilbie’s late winner (celebrations pictured above) was followed by a bizarre red card for his celebration.

He said: “They’re a young side who play some good stuff and they did really well against us in the first half and went 1-0 up.

“We managed to tweak things and come away with a good win but they’ll make it difficult for us on Saturday.”

The Scottish tie at Wick has been rearranged for Monday night but with an unpromising weather forecast for the area McGlynn isn’t optimistic it will go ahead at the fifth time of asking - and said it might even be the new year before it eventually takes place.

He said: “We’ve given them a list of dates that we could come up on over Christmas and New Year but as far as we’re aware if the game isn’t played by next Wednesday it goes to January 9.”

That’s the scheduled date of the next round when the winners are due to entertain Forfar Athletic.

McGlynn said: “Forfar will be champing at the bit. They’ll want to be able to travel to Wick or Linlithgow on a Saturday rather than a midweek.”

The Rose boss also confessed he has been so preoccupied with the Wick saga he forgot all about Wednesday’s Scottish Junior Cup fourth round draw which gave Rose a home tie with Irvine Meadow on January 16 - weather permitting.