Next up - Queen's in the cup

The club which was once the finest name in Scottish – and arguably world – football still clings proudly to its amateur status in the midst of the professional game.  However, they remain competitive relative to their level and are well in contention for a play-off spot in the Third Division this season.

 

In recent years Queen's Park have stunned Aberdeen in the League Cup with a victory on penalties while our own Steven Saunders came through their youth system.  Fans of a certain vintage will also remember, with horror, our shocking cup exit to the Spiders at home in 1978.

 

But with all that said, we still remain strong favourites for Saturday's clash.  There is little doubt our form has slipped recently but Higdon, Murphy, Daley, Humphrey, Law and new signing Henrik Ojamaa will all view this as the ideal chance to hit the goal trail.  Whether or not they get the chance to do so is up for debate though – against Clyde in the League Cup we threw in the back-up and the temptation must be to do so again.

 

That would mean Page, Carswell, Forbes, Lawless and McHugh could all feature while our older players – Craigan and Lasley – would seem natural candidates to be rested.  Jennings, back from his ban, could be given the chance to regain some sharpness having not played in three weeks.

 

Taking on lower league opposition can be tricky but we have the greater quality and must be looking for a solid win.  Hopefully an early goal will help ease our path to an eventual 3-0 victory.

 

Remember our last game against Queen's Park?

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