Linlithgow may have to list injured players for Wick tie

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Linlithgow Rose may have to put injured players on the bench for their William Hill Scottish Cup third-round tie away to Wick Academy so they aren’t in breach of SFA rules.

Harmsworth Park failed a third pitch inspection last night after Saturday’s match was rescheduled for this evening and will now take place on Wednesday at 7.45pm if the Highland League side’s surface is deemed playable tomorrow.

Rose secretary Jim Harkins revealed club captain Mark Tyrrell and Michael McKinven would’ve missed tonight’s match due to work commitments but are available for Wednesday.

He said: “It’s maybe better for us that it’s off as we’ll have a couple of extra players to pick from on Wednesday than we would’ve had tonight.

“There’s a lot of them got the day off, but it’s a big question to ask these players as it’s not just a day off, it’s arriving back to Linlithgow at four o’clock in the morning and they would have to go to their work that day. They are all trying their best to try and help us.

“The big problem we’ve got here is we’ve got to take 16 players or you’re breaking the rules. It might well be that somebody like Roddy [MacLennan] or [Alex] King might have to be named on the bench just so we don’t break the rules. We hope it doesn’t come to that.

“We’re just very, very unfortunate that this was the draw we got landed with but there’s not much we can do about it.”

The match could end up being played on Saturday, January 9 – the date of the fourth round ties if Harmsworth Park is still unplayable by Wednesday, December 16.