SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP PREVIEW

LINLITHGOW ROSE v IRVINE MEADOW

By Chris Sanderson

IRVINE MEADOW new boss Davie Greig admits he’s hardly had time to draw breathe as he prepares for his first game in charge of the Ayrshire outfit.

The former St Roch’s and Blantyre Victoria gaffer breezed into the Meadow Park hot-seat to replace out-going manager Steve Rankin just last week and it’s been all hands to the pumps ever since.

And the newly installed Medda chief insists he couldn’t have asked for a bigger game to kick his reign off than a trip to Linlithgow Rose in Saturday’s Scottish Junior Cup Fourth Round.

Speaking to thejuniors.info Greig said: “The past week or so has been pretty manic but that apart we’re more than ready for Saturday’s game through at Linlithgow. By the time the weekend comes around we’ll have had three training sessions under our belts so it’s not as though we’re going into the game blind.

“I’ve had a few people I know telling me it could be a good time to face Linlithgow with them due to face Forfar on the following Tuesday night but I don’t buy that theory one bit. This is a competition that Rose know they can win just like ourselves so there is absolutely no fear they are going to be taking their eye off the ball with regards this game.

“What Davie McGlynn and his side did last Saturday was superb for promoting our game. Although I wasn’t there I had someone at the game running the rule over them and from what I have been told they were superb. However don’t get me wrong we’re not going through to the East like lambs for the slaughter. Irvine Meadow were being tipped as possible winners of this competition at the start of the season and its still the same players who are here.

“We’re going to go through and try and be a real thorn in the side for them and hopefully give it a go and see what happens from there.”

Linlithgow Rose striker Tommy Coyne admitted he could have been lining up against Rose in the blue of Meadow had an audacious move by the Ayrshire side came off.

And the experienced goal-getter echoed Greig’s thought’s that Rose have bigger fish to fry and there’s no way the Prestonfield outfit are going  to read too much into their visitors lowly league position.

Coyne said: “Irvine Meadow actually tried to sign me during the summer as I know their old manager Steve Rankin very well.

“I know a lot about their team and their players and I’m mystified as to how their season has played out so far. But don’t worry we wont be taking their league position into account even more so counting they have a new manager in the dug out which will perhaps push them to perform that bit extra.

“Tuesday night will take care of itself but for me this is a bigger game as this a one we can win.”

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