Bonnyrigg Rose may have been handed a formidable Junior Cup fifth-round trip to ten-times winners Auchinleck Talbot – but their experienced striker, Steven Hislop, knows how to beat them.
Hislop scored the only goal as his former club Bo’ness United sent the Ayrshire giants out of the cup at the third-round stage last season and although he admits Talbot are the big favourites at Beechwood Park tomorrow afternoon, he believes there is no reason Rose can’t cause a cup shock.
Recalling the 1-0 victory at Newtown Park back in November 2013, player-coach Hislop is adamant that if Rose show the same belief as Bo’ness did that day then they might just come back to Midlothian victorious.
“It was probably one of the best memories I’ve got in the Junior game,” he said. “To knock out Talbot and be fortunate enough to score the winner was good, but everyone worked hard that day and that’s what we’ll have to do.
“I’ve told Davy [David McGlynn] and I’ve told the players that if we want to win on Saturday we’re going to have to work harder than them. I’ve not seen a harder-working team and we’re going to have to be at our best.
“They’re not unbeatable, but we’ll give them the respect they are due because they are a very good team and their record speaks for itself. We’re certainly not going there to be negative – we’re going there to win.
“We are a good team and we know we are a good team. On our day we are a match for anyone, but you’ve got to produce the goods and there is no better day for it.”
Hislop tasted success with Inverness Caledonian Thistle back in 2004 when he lifted the Scottish First Division title and the Challenge Cup, and the 36-year-old is hungry for more medals to add to his collection as his playing days near an end.
He believes Bonnyrigg, who were knocked out of the 2011-2012 Junior Cup by Talbot after a two-legged semi-final on penalties, won’t have a better chance of winning the competition than if they were to put out the cup favourites.
“I want to win the Scottish Cup and we won’t have a bigger chance on Saturday than if we beat them,” he said.
“They deserve to be favourites and they’ve shown in the past why they are the favourites, but an underdog can always have its day.
“We’ve got to turn up on the day and be professional and if we show a desire to win we’ve got a chance.
“It’s such a big game to look forward to. Everyone at the club is looking forward to it. They’ve won it four times in ten years so they’ve set the benchmark and it’s up to us to go there and hopefully cause an upset.”
Rose are without left-back Brian Murray, who has left the club by mutual consent, but defender Colin Wilson has recovered from injury.