Whitehill manager Grant Carnie insisted there’ll be no old pals’ act when he takes on former club Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale in Saturday’s Image Printers third round tie at Fergsuon Park.
Carnie is still seeking his first win as Welfare boss since replacing Mickey Lawson last month, and will be keen to ensure he gets it tomorrow to book a semi-final spot at home to Gretna.
Welfare’s East of Scotland opponents are familiar to Carnie, who managed Lothian prior to his spell in charge of Craigroyston, and he remains close with current Thistle boss Raymond Carr. The new Ferguson Park gaffer is aware of the threat the Saughton side will pose. “Raymie’s someone that I speak to more or less every other day,” he said. “We’re really close and we’ve been having a bit of banter this week. I’ve massive respect for him and the club – I loved being there.
“Most of the boys that are there are ones I brought in so I’m looking forward to Saturday – it’s a big day but my allegiances lie with Whitehill and we’ll be out to get a victory.”
Darren McGlashan is unavailable due to a wedding but Andrew Martin and Andrew Kidd are back.