Auchinleck Talbot test for injury-hit Broxburn

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BROXBURN boss Stevie Pittman doesn’t have his problems to seek as his side face the toughest possible Scottish Junior Cup test tomorrow – a trip to Ayrshire to face record ten-times winners Auchinleck Talbot.

Pittman admits he may have to adopt a different system in the second-round tie with the holders due to an injury crisis at his club.

“It doesn’t get much harder than this,” said the former USA internationalist. “They have a fantastic record in this competition but records are there to be broken and we’ll go there looking to get that result.

“My problem is we have a lot of injuries, which may mean we’ll play a different system than we would normally.

“Sean Roycroft, Connor Devanney and Mark Cowan are out with Craig Young a serious doubt. That is a major dent in our squad and we’ll have to think carefully about how we line up.

“However, the pressure is all on Auchinleck because they are expected to win and win easily. We’ll go there and soak up the pressure and try and catch them on the break because we have the players who can do that. We’ll go there, settle in, and take whatever chances come our way.”

Pittman revealed that he may start 17-year-old winger Ross Nimmo after some impressive displays from the bench.

“Ross has come on in the last three games and done really well for us,” said Pittman. “He’s slotted in as if he’s been in the squad for years, so I’ll have no hesitation in naming him in the starting eleven if I think he’s good enough.”