Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale boss Grant Carnie has the luxury of a full squad to choose from as his team aims to close the gap on opponents Craigroyston in the East of Scotland Premier Division.
Lothian can pull to within two points of third-placed Craigie with a win, but Carnie is wary of a backlash from a team who last week lost 5-0 to Tynecastle.
“Craigie will be looking to bounce back after getting a doing last week from Tynecastle,” said Carnie. “We, on the other hand, will not be worrying about what Craigie will be doing and only concentrating on ourselves. I’ll be making sure we will be ready for what will be a very hard game.”
In tomorrow’s only other Premier clash, Tynecastle will look to gain revenge over a Stirling University side that tops the table and to whom they suffered heavy defeat last month.
Tynecastle boss Dougie Dalgleish, who could be without Jamie Speed and Jamie Devlin but welcomes back recent absentees to bolster his squad, expects a hard match.
“Having only played Stirling some four weeks ago and suffering a heavy defeat, tomorrow presents a quick chance to get our revenge,” said Dalgleish. “This will be far from easy, as Stirling have been the best team that we have faced this season.
“But, after last Saturday’s emphatic victory, the players are all buoyant and eagerly looking forward to Saturday’s game.”
Spartans face Heriot-Watt University in a Premier Division fixture at Ainslie Park this evening.