Bonnyrigg Rose boss David McGlynn insists his side will have to be at their best if they are to progress in the Junior Cup when they travel to Fife to take on Premier League outfit Tayport at The Canniepairt.
Rose got to the last four of the Junior Cup in 2011/12 under previous manager Max Christie and although McGlynn admits a run in the competition would be good for the club, his focus is on “stabilising” his side.
“It should be a tough one; it’s a hard place to go. It’s an away trip and it’s one we’ll have to be at our best to win the tie,” he said.
“If we get a run in the cup we get a run in the cup, but this season is just about stabilising and making sure we are bringing a better quality of player in to the club.
“You need a lot of luck to get a decent run in the Junior Cup. We are reshaping the squad and the squad isn’t at the place where it needs to be at yet.
“We are still trying to get bodies in to strengthen the squad to the quality that it should be at.”
McGlynn is still unbeaten as manager since he made the move from Musselburgh Athletic – Rose recording their fourth win in five games since he took over last Saturday with a 4-2 victory over Armadale Thistle at New Dundas Park – and he’s happy with the start his new side have made.
He said: “We’ve played the top five teams and they’ve still got to play each other.
“They all can’t keep winning games, so if we stay on the shirt tails of them and see what happens when the weather changes.”
Elsewhere in the Junior Cup second-round tomorrow, Musselburgh and Super League champions Bo’ness both face South Division sides. Burgh travel to West Lothian to take on Blackburn Athletic, while Bo’ness host Stoneyburn at Newtown Park.
Super League leaders Newtongrange Star travel to West Region Super League side Greenock and Penicuik Athletic also face top-flight opposition from the west when they host Maybole.