Threadbare Spartans set for cup test

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Spartans manager Debbi McCulloch admits her side are “down to the bare bones” as they prepare to take on Glasgow City in the Scottish Cup.

The Ainslie Park girls go into the quarter-final tie flying after last weekend’s thrilling 3-2 victory over city rivals Hibs and know a similar performance is required against the champions.

Tomorrow’s clash at Spartans Academy (kick-off 1pm) is as tough as they come with City unbeaten all year and McCulloch is hoping her threadbare side can make the most of their home advantage.

She said: “It’s going to be difficult because we are missing a number of girls as they are cup-tied, injured or simply unavailable so we really are down to the bare bones.

“Nonetheless, we will give it our best shot and look to make home advantage count.

“The last couple of games against City at the Academy have been very close and I would expect this to be no different.

“Our girls obviously train on the pitch through the week and are comfortable on it so will aim to use that to our advantage.”

Elsewhere, Hibernian Ladies face Glasgow Girls at Albyn Park, Broxburn (kick-off 2pm) for a place in the last four.

The First Division side have already taken the scalp of Premier League opponents Falkirk Ladies on a remarkable cup run and the Hibees will be wary.