Annan stand between Raith and cup final

Raith winger Grant Anderson with Annan manager Jim Chapman at Hampden
Raith winger Grant Anderson with Annan manager Jim Chapman at Hampden

Raith Rovers winger Grant Anderson is not expecting an easy passage to the Ramsdens Cup final after drawing Annan Athletic at home in the last four of the competition.

The draw, conducted at Hampden earlier this afternoon, gave Rovers the best tie, on paper, they could have wished for with home advantage against League Two opposition, while avoiding favourites Rangers, who are away to Stenhousemuir.

However, Anderson has warned against under-estimating an Annan side that has already knocked out Championship opposition in the shape of Greenock Morton in an earlier round.

“Every club is there on merit,” Anderson said. “You don’t reach a semi-final through luck so it was going to be a hard game whoever we played.

“Annan will be tricky opponents but home advantage is a big bonus. The boys will back themselves to beat anybody.”

Anderson was also glad to avoid Rangers, adding: “It gives us a better chance of getting to the final.”

Rovers route to the semi-final has included wins over Stirling, Dunfermline and Falkirk while Annan have accounted for Morton, Stranraer and Formartine United.

The Ramsdens Cup semi-final will take place at Stark’s Park on Sunday, October 13.