Big spending Linlithgow ready to pose cup test

Linlithgow and St Andrews meet in previous action.
Linlithgow and St Andrews meet in previous action.

St Andrews United take a welcome break from McBookie Super League action this weekend but there’s no respite for the Saints.

Gus Malone’s men will instead face the tough proposition of Linlithgow Rose at Recreation Park in the DJ Laing East Of Scotland Cup.

The Saints management face something of a selection dilemma.

Craig Wedderburn serves the second game of his suspension, but his impressive replacement at Kelty, Phil McGuire, is cup tied thanks to an earlier appearance in the competition for Jeanfield Swifts.

Amazing as it may sound, the champions aren’t without their problems having won just two from the last eight, a return that has certainly agitated the locals in that part of the country.

Last week’s defeat at home to Hill Of Beath was their first home league defeat for two and a half years.

Rose dipped in to the transfer market a fortnight ago and paid out a rumoured five figure sum to secure the services of striker Ian Diack from Pollok.

This in turn started rumours of Tommy Coyne’s departure from Prestonfield.

Manager Gus Malone told The Citizen: “In all honesty the game is not my highest priority.

“However, that doesn’t mean that I want us to get steam rollered by Linlithgow.

“Unfortunately we are struggling at the back with Craig Wedderburn suspended and McGuire cup tied but we will put a side out to at least compete.

“The difference in the sides can be summed up with their recent signing of Ian Diack, I would love that amount of money to spend on the squad let alone one player, but I know we just cant operate at that level its just not possible. It’s a different world.”

Kick Off at Recreation Park on Saturday is 2.30p.m.