Stranraer given glamour tie against Celtic in Scottish Cup

Stranraer will need to stop Leigh Griffiths if they are to upset the odds against Celtic.
Stranraer will need to stop Leigh Griffiths if they are to upset the odds against Celtic.

Stranraer boss Brian Reid says that his side will need to be at their “very best” if they are to cause an upset against Premiership champions Celtic in the Scottish Cup next month.

Tuesday’s fourth round draw pitted the Stair Park men against the cup favourites in a tie that is set to be played on either Saturday January 9 or Sunday January 10.

Reid who has never managed against Celtic before says that he would have prefered an easier tie to give Stranraer the chance of a cup run.

He said: “Obviously it is great publicity for the club and a great boost and I know the chairman has being saying all that and it will be a great day for the club.

“Being selfish though, I’d have liked to have drawn a smaller club to give us more of a chance of a good cup run as it’s going to be very, very tough against Celtic.

“I’ve had the experience of semi finals and quarter finals with Ayr and I’d have liked to have done that again.

“Hopefully with home advantage we can make it tough and there’s no point in turning up if you don’t believe you can get a result.

“In the cup you never know and I’ve knocked out the likes of Hearts and Hibs with Ayr but we’ll need to be at our very, very best to beat Celtic.”

Reid says that he hopes that his side can pick up their league form ahead of the tie as they currently lie ninth in League One.

“We need to pick up our league form as obviously we don’t want to be where we are and we need to turn the draws into wins.

“Hopefully this draw can give us a boost as players will be playing for places and that can give them confidence.

“The league is still the bread and butter and we’ve found it tough this season to find consistency but we haven’t been helped with injuries and suspensions.

“We know we’ve got a good squad here and if we can go on a good run we can be back in the play-off mix.

“We need to start being far more clincial in front of goal as you don’t win games if you don’t take your chances.”

Reid was happy to avoid a potential banana skin on Saturday in the third round as his side beat Buckie Thistle 3-1 at Stair Park.

“You are on a hiding to nothing in these games if you don’t win four or five nil and as you saw with Stenhousemuir having to come from behind to draw with East Kilbride these games aren’t easy.

“Buckie came down overnight and brought a supporters bus and they had prepared really well for the tie.

“I thought they played well but I was glad that we took our chances in this game to get through.”

Stranraer head for Coatbridge tomorrow to tackle third placed Albion Rovers and Reid is expecting a tough game.

“Albion Rovers have done really well since being promoted and teams get a bounce off that and fair play to them.

“The state of their pitch could play a part on Saturday as I’m expecting a bit of a mud heap but we’ll still try and play in the right manner.

“We go there in a confident manner hoping to pick up three points.”