Let’s show what we’re all about

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PAT Clarke believes home advantage could help Raith Rovers create Scottish Cup history on Sunday.

Rovers square up to Glasgow Celtic in the live televised fifth round tie for the second time this season having previously been knocked out the League Cup at Parkhead in September.

Celtic romped to a 4-1 win on that occasion, but Clarke reckons that Neil Lennon’s side will find it a lot tougher at a sell-out Stark’s Park.

“Sometimes teams can freeze at Parkhead and give them too much respect, but at Stark’s Park, with our fans behind us giving us the 12th man, you never know,” he said.

“Celtic’s the massive favourites but it will suit us being underdogs. It’s just 11 versus 11 at the end of day.

“Despite all the quality and stars they’ve got we’ll be going out there to show what we’re all about and have a go.

“There’s no point being intimidated or scared by them. They’re only men at end of the day, and so are we.”

Clarke (pictured) plans to enjoy the occasion having missed out on the earlier trip to Parkhead through injury.

“I missed the last game through injury sadly so I’m really looking forward to this,” he said.

“We need to be on our toes because they’ve got some great players, but enjoyment is the main thing for us.

“It’s not every day you get a chance to play against a club of Celtic’s stature.”

Gary Hooper scored all four Celtic goals in the previous League Cup meeting.

“He’s their number one threat up front, but if you look through their team, there’s quality everywhere,” Clarke said.

“Even the boys that are in the stand can come in and put on a show because Celtic are such a huge club.

“We’ll just plug away at training this week and we’ll be ready – that’s for sure.”

Clarke will hope for better luck in front of goal against the Hoops than he had at Cappielow last Saturday.

Rovers fell to a 1-0 defeat to league leaders Morton with Clarke missing a number of chances.

“We created the most chances we have in long time so to come away with nothing is really disappointing,” he said.

“I had a great chance early on and I know myself, by my own standards, I should have scored or hit the target.

“I tried to not let it affect me and kept plugging away but it was just one of those days where bodies kept appearing getting deflections and blocks.”

Despite the defeat, Clarke felt there were enough positives in the performance to take some encouragement in the Celtic match.

“It would have been good to go into the Celtic game with a point or three, but we can take a lot from the performance,” he said.

“The lads were all really annoyed with themselves but the manager and Paul Smith said they were proud of us. The shape was really good as we stopped Morton playing but also imposed ourselves on the game.”

“I was playing in a deeper role, between up front and midfield, and I enjoyed it.

“It means I can get into areas that cause the opposition problems at same time as getting back in to help the defence.”