Linlithgow eager to get cup show on the road

David McGlynn's team hope to secure a fourth-round meeting with Forfar Athletic
David McGlynn's team hope to secure a fourth-round meeting with Forfar Athletic
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Linlithgow Rose boss David McGlynn says his players are just desperate to get their William Hill Scottish Cup third-round tie against Wick Academy played after five call-offs.

The Highland League side’s Harmsworth Park was given the go-ahead yesterday afternoon for a 7.45pm kick-off tonight after a protracted few weeks to get the game on.

McGlynn will have a squad of 16 available for the 500-mile round trip north, although two of his players are injured and are needed to fill the bench to meet SFA rules.

A Rose victory would set up a fourth-round tie at home to Forfar Athletic and according to McGlynn that is a massive incentive for his players after a disruptive few weeks.

“It’s been hanging above us and we just want to get it played. It’s been a struggle to see how many players we’re going to have and trying to arrange who can and can’t get it off work. It’s a terrible time of year for getting people off work, so we’ll just need to do what we’ve got to do with what we’ve got.

“It’s just been an absolute palaver, to be honest, with the amount of times it’s been put off and everything that’s went with it. We’ll just be glad to get the game played and get back to settled league and cup business.

“We’ve not had a home tie so far in the cup and we want to win this game to set us up for Forfar.”