DAVID McGLYNN reckons he’ll have to outwit a shrewd Fifer to keep Musselburgh on course for another money- spinning run in this season’s Scottish Junior Cup.
Last season’s beaten finalists entertain Hill of Beath tomorrow in all-Super League clash at Olivebank (2.30pm kick-off).
It pits McGlynn against Jock Finlayson, who led the Fifers to second spot in last season’s Super League and has watched them make another encouraging start to the current campaign.
“Jock doesn’t get the same money to spend on players as Kelty, but he’s got a good catchment area in Fife and always seems to pick up the best players,” said McGlynn.
“He gets Hill of Beath playing as a solid unit and, for the two teams to be meeting at this stage is definitely something neither Jock or I would have wanted.”
Musselburgh have lost their last two league games – at home to Bonnyrigg and away to Linlithgow. But McGlynn said of the latter: “I thought we were very unfortunate as I felt we were the better team over the 90 minutes.
“Linlithgow scored at vital times against the run of play. They created four chances while we created 12-13 opportunities.
“We had a chat with the players at training on Tuesday and they know they have to start finding the back of the net more.”
Tomorrow would be the perfect place to start as Musselburgh bid to go all the way to the final again.
“If you can stay in the Scottish Cup until after Christmas it creates a buzz, as we discovered last season,” added McGlynn.
In other second-round ties, Bo’ness are at home to Lewis United, Broxburn entertain Dalry, Spartans host Glentanar and Penicuik head west to tackle Glasgow Perthshire.
There are also two ties in East Lothian, where Haddington entertain Johnstone Burgh and Dunbar face Cumnock.
Bo’ness, who beat Linlithgow in the last round, are facing one big Cup game after another at the moment, meaning the league fixtures are already starting to pile up.
That happened a year ago yet they still managed to make up lost ground to hang on to the Super League title.
“I was confident we could do well in these Cup competitions, so there was always the chance of us having a backlog in the league,” said manager Paul Ronald.
“Without wanting to tempt fate, I feel we’ve got a squad that can cope with that and, at this moment in time, we are concentrating on getting as far as we can in both the Scottish Cup competitions.”