The biggest issue just now seems to be the weather. The cold and frost from earlier days may not have cleared yet and with temperatures still occasionally dropping, it is not certain the match will go ahead. With the assistance of Aberdeen, in what was a great gesture, we can be optimistic the covers will do the job if the ground ever thaws completely in the first place.
A new venue - Harlaw Park Inverurie
Inverurie are currently fifth in the Highland League but have several games in hand. Since their game was postponed on November 22, they have only managed to complete two fixtures - the cup win over Vale of Leithen and a reserve at home to Keith - so while their legs will definitely be fresh, they may be somewhat lacking match practice.
But while Inverurie will no doubt give everything in search of glory, the day will be defined by our own performance. If we are professional in our attitude and approach we will win and win comfortably even if we do not rack up an incredible number of goals. St Mirren were held to a goalless draw at Spartans a couple of years ago though so we cannot afford to be complacent.
It remains to be seen whether or not Mark McGhee rests players as it would seem an ideal chance to give some of the fringe guys a run out. Similarly with Craigan only just back from injury and Porter picking up a knock against Hearts, it might be wise to leave them on the bench or out of the squad completely.
The longer the game goes on without us scoring, the harder it will be. If we can strike early then it could be a stroll but if not we will have our work cut out. Patience will be the key but hopefully we can take it relatively easy with a 3-0 win.
Some fine pictures of