Rose aim to Mussel past Burgh

Kevin Kelbie in action against Annbank
Kevin Kelbie in action against Annbank

It’s back to league business for Linlithgow Rose as they head to manager Davie McGlynn’s old side Musselburgh Athletic on Saturday.

After progressing to the next rounds of the Scottish Cup and the Scottish Junior Cup in the past two weeks, collecting three Super League points is the aim this weekend.

But McGlynn is expecting a tough encounter against a side who have hit form after a sluggish start to the campaign and have won their last four league matches.

McGlynn spent almost 10 years in charge at Musselburgh, guiding them to one Scottish Junior Cup final and laying the foundations for a second appearance, before quitting last year.

And while he says the team has now changed significantly in personnel since his time at the Olivebank Stadium, he knows his side will have to be on form to come away with a win.

He said: “It will be very difficult. They are on a very good run recently and have had some good results so we know we will have to be on top of our game.

“Their team has now changed quite a bit since I was there but I know all their players.

“But the main thing for us is that we prepare for the game properly and keep doing what we have been doing.

“This league is a very difficult one. If you have eight or nine players on their game that will win you most games, but if only four or five play then you will lose.”

McGlynn was pleased to see his side demolish Annbank in last week’s Scottish Junior Cup tie and delighted that killing the Ayrshire side off early - Rose were 6-1 up at the break - gave him the opportunity to make changes in the second period.

He said: “It was ideal to get the chance to give a couple of the younger boys a run out and we were able to switch to a 4-3-3.

“You’re always aware that these types of games can be banana skins and I thought we played really well. We showed our class right from the off and scored some great goals.”

McGlynn was given some home comfort when Tuesday’s Scottish Junior Cup draw gave Rose a home time with Cumbernauld United.

So far this season the senior Scottish Cup has sent McGlynn’s men to Galashiels, Inverness and - following their second round replay win - Wick in the next round.

But the junior competition has been kinder with Saturday’s win over Annbank securing another date at Prestonfield against Cumbernauld on November 21.

McGlynn said: “You always want a home draw so we’re pleased, particularly with some of the other draws we’ve had recently.

“I don’t know a great deal about Cumbernauld at the moment but we’ll have them watched and make sure we prepare properly for a difficult game.”

Cumbernauld play in the West Super League First Division and their much-changed line-up, after a difficult start to the season, has hit form recently with 26 goals in their last five away matches.

Supporters wishing to go to Musselburgh should note the bus leaves the social club at 12.45pm.