Rose boss says Junior Cup is Linlithgow priority

Rose and Forfar leave the Station Park after floodlight failure.
Rose and Forfar leave the Station Park after floodlight failure.

Linlithgow Rose boss Davie McGlynn has told his players to forget all about the controversy surrounding their Scottish Cup tie with Forfar.

Rose face Ayrshire Super League side Irvine Meadow in the Scottish Junior Cup at Prestonfield on Saturday.

And the Linlithgow manager says it’s a far more important game for the club than their mainstream Scottish Cup saga with the League One outfit.

The Rose boss says his players have to put all the controversy surrounding Tuesday night’s events at Forfar to one side and focus on the task in hand against Meadow.

The fourth round tie was due to take place last Saturday but was postponed because of the weather.

McGlynn said: “This is the biggest game of the season for us.

“The Scottish Junior Cup is our bread and butter and the competition we think we can do well in.

“There’s no doubt that Irvine Meadow will be up for it and we know we’ll face a hard match.

“We just have to make sure that we prepare properly and that the players forget about what happened last Tuesday and the fact that we’ve the replay next Tuesday and just concentrate on the task in hand.”

Striker Conor Kelly is cup tied while Gary Thom is available again after suspension.

And McGlynn admitted: “We do have two games in four days so we have to look at shuffling the pack.”

Between them the two sides have seven Scottish Junior Cup successes between them.

Meadow have lifted the trophy three times - in 1959, 1963 and 1973 - and lost in the final once, in 1951 when their showdown with Petershill attracted a record 77,650 crowd to Hampden.

Rose’s victories came in 1965, 2002, 2007 and 2010 but they failed to add to that list last year when they lost to Musselburgh in the semi-finals.

McGlynn said: “The Scottish Cup is a fairytale for us. The league and the Scottish Junior Cup are our bread and butter and it was a big disappointment for the club to lose in the semi-final last year.

“If you want to be the top junior side these are the games you have to win.”