Musselburgh Athletic host local rivals Newtongrange Star tomorrow in their final league match of the season ahead of next Sunday’s Scottish Junior Cup final against Auchinleck Talbot.
Burgh’s form has dipped dramatically since they booked their cup final spot against the Ayrshire giants with a 5-4 aggregate defeat of Linlithgow Rose – emerging victorious in just two of their last 11 matches.
Manager Stevie McLeish would like to head to Rugby Park on the back of a win, but he feels tomorrow’s result at Olivebank will not in any way determine how they head into the match next weekend.
The former Hibs coach said: “It would be nice to get a result tomorrow, but win lose or draw it has no bearing on the final. The form book means nothing going into the Scottish Cup because teams raise their game. We are playing against most likely the best team in junior football. We are clearly the underdogs and there’s no pressure on us.
“The Scottish Cup games have been really special for them (Musselburgh) since the Penicuik game, they’ve had a real belief about them. I’m hoping they carry it on into next Sunday.”
McLeish admits it took some choice words from assistant boss Murray Hunter to galvanise his side after a crushing 5-2 defeat away to Hill of Beath last Wednesday.
He added: “The mood was awful, but it is much better now. We had a terrible performance and Murray lost it with the boys. He had a right good go at them and it did me a favour doing that, because it saved me doing it. The boys took it in the right manner and I spoke to them before the game on Saturday that we had to be together as one.”
Jackie Myles and Lewis Turner are unlikely to feature tomorrow as they are one booking away from a suspension which would rule them out of the final.