We’ll be prepared for visit of cup minnows

Ross Brown sends in a cross as the Fifers go on yet another attack.
Ross Brown sends in a cross as the Fifers go on yet another attack.

Lowland League strugglers Threave Rovers will be given the same respect at Championship giants Rangers when they visit Bayview on Saturday.

That’s according to East Fife’s Allan Walker who insists the re will be no complacency when Threave arrive to face East Fife in the second round of the Scottish Cup.

October is set to be a big cup month for the Fifers who are also preparing to welcome Rangers in the Petrofac Training Cup.

And Walker says the Bayview side will be as thorough in their preparation for the Threave clash as they will before they face Rangers on October 21.

Threave currently sit second bottom of the Lowland League and are yet to record a league win this season.

Walker said: “We’ll treat them like we treat everybody in this league, we’ll treat the game like we do the pre-season games, league games, cup games and the Rangers game coming up.

“For us it’s a really important game because we need a cup run.

“Clubs like East Fife rely on getting through the first rounds of a cup so we’ll be looking to win that game and put our names in the hat for the next round.”

East Fife go into the game high on confidence after a convincing 4-0 win at Montrose over the weekend.

“It wasn’t easy coming up and playing on that astroturf because we’re used to grass,” said the midfielder.

“But it was still a game we were confident that we could come up and win.

“The manager said that it’s as good a team performance as he’s seen since he and Dougie Anderson have taken over.

“Personally I don’t think it was my best game but it’s a team game and that’s us taken 10 league points out of 12 now so we can look forward to the cup tie.”

Boss Gary Naysmith should be fit for the Threave clash.