Bonnyrigg Rose's Paddy Martin hoping to send former club crashing out of Scottish Cup

​Bonnyrigg Rose's Paddy Martin (pic: Joe Gilhooley LRPS)​Bonnyrigg Rose's Paddy Martin (pic: Joe Gilhooley LRPS)
​Bonnyrigg Rose's Paddy Martin (pic: Joe Gilhooley LRPS)
Goalkeeper Paddy Martin is relishing going head to head against former employers Falkirk in this afternoon's Scottish Cup fourth-round clash.

The Bonnyrigg Rose No.1 joined from the Bairns 12 months ago, initially on loan, before putting pen to paper on a two-year contract last summer and has taken League Two in his stride.

The 24-year-old is loving life at New Dundas Park and is looking forward to testing himself against a few familiar faces when John McGlynn brings the League One leaders to Midlothian for a mouthwatering tie.

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"It's a big game for us, there will be a huge crowd so we're really looking forward to it," Martin said. "They're a big club as much as they're down in League One with the players they have and the number of supporters, not to mention their stadium.

"I left Falkirk on good terms so I've not got any grievances towards them. The motivation is there regardless of it being against my former club so there are no extra incentives. It's the Scottish Cup so that's all you need. We want to get through and be in the draw for the next round.

"We'll think of the potential rewards after the game and only if we get there. There's no point in getting ahead of ourselves. It's all about Falkirk for 90 minutes or extra-time, penalties, whatever it takes, and then we'll see what happens.

"They're a very good side and well drilled by an excellent manager. I know for a fact having worked with him he'll have them in no doubt about our pitch - John himself has spoken about that and they'll be ready for it. I wouldn't say it's a leveller but it adds another dimension to the tie."

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Martin added: "I'm really grateful to have been given the No.1 jersey. On the pitch we're in a position where we want to give ourselves something to keep fighting for in the league. We're looking up the way so we don't want to get to March/April time and have nothing to play for. We're positive that we can put a wee run together. A win over Falkirk would be a huge boost."