Musselburgh keen to beat weather and kick-off cup tie

Stevie McLeish
Stevie McLeish
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Musselburgh Athletic boss Stevie McLeish is desperate for his side’s Scottish Junior Cup fourth-round clash to beat the weather tomorrow.

The Olivebank club, who are without a competitive fixture since the middle of December – a 3-0 loss away to Super League champions Bo’ness United – travel to Bishopbriggs side Rossvale in their last-32 tie after the game was called off last weekend.

If the match is postponed along with Bo’ness’s trip to holders Hurlford United, weather permitting, Musselburgh will host Bo’ness in a Super League encounter.

“It’s been a while since we last played competitively,” said McLeish, whose side have taken on Peebles Rovers, Leith Athletic and Lothian Thistle in friendlies over the last month.

“Hopefully, it will go ahead as the players are desperate for a game. Rossvale’s pitch is 3G so if it’s clear of snow and it’s not too cold, the game should go ahead.”

McLeish, who bolstered his squad with the signing of former Stirling Albion midfielder Darren Smith in early January, is expecting a tough encounter against Rossvale, who sit top of the Central District Second Division with just one loss.

Although the former Haddington manager hasn’t been able to watch their opponents in the flesh, he has studied them on YouTube and believes they will provide a stern test.

He said: “They will be a test for us. The Scottish Cup brings out the best in teams and they are used to winning games – they aren’t used to getting beat.

“They seem to be a team that want to play – they like to get the ball down and pass it. They have quite a young team apart from Robbie Winters [ex- Aberdeen and Scotland striker] who is a bit older to be fair. They are sitting top of the league and they look like they will get promoted this year.”

McLeish has signed Civil Service Strollers goalkeeper Michael Lee on loan, with regular first-choice glovesman Ally Adams suspended. Musselburgh are also without striker Steven MacDonald, who has decided to take a break from football and has moved to New Zealand after beating cancer at the end of last year.