Linlithgow switch focus to zoom in on Junior Cup

Rose celebrate their first goal at Ross County
Rose celebrate their first goal at Ross County

Linlithgow Rose turn their attention back to their main priority for the season on Saturday when they travel to face Kilwinning Rangers.

Rose’s fairytale Scottish Cup run came to its expected, and honourable, conclusion at Ross County on Saturday.

And while he was thrilled at his side’s display in Dingwall, manager Davie McGlynn says his players must now forget all about their past exploits and focus on Saturday’s Scottish Junior Cup tie.

He said: “The cup run has been fantastic and has had a huge impact on the spirit among the players.

“They now know that when they pull on a Linlithgow jersey it’s not just for them but for everyone connected with the club. What we have to do now is kick on for the rest of the season.

“Saturday’s game at Kilwinning is our biggest game of the season and we have to prepare properly and try to make sure there’s no backlog from last week.

“They are a decent side who are on a a good run and playing some good stuff, so we know it’s going to be a difficult match.”

Rose have been widely acclaimed for the way they acquitted themselves against Ross County and have earned particular praise for the sweeping ‘Barcelona style’ passing movement along the length of the pitch for their second goal.

And the Rose boss said that the goal was indicative of the philosophy he has tried to introduce to the club since taking over the managerial reins at Prestonfield last summer.

He said: “We want to get the ball down and pass it. That’s the way we try to play and that will never change and it was absolutely fantastic to score a goal like that on such a stage.

“We have always built from the back and encourage the players to be brave on the ball. If you have the ball the other team are tiring themselves out by chasing it.

Every game at Linlithgow is a must win game and that’s the priority but it’s our philosophy to try to achieve results with a bit of style.

“In a way it’s good to have another big cup tie to focus on at Kilwinning, but at Linlithgow they are all big games.”