Match Previews

Jim McInally previews the Scottish Cup tie

Thu 26 Nov 2015

Last week, Peterhead manager Jim McInally had too many defenders to choose from.  This week, he might not have enough.

The Blue Toon boss will wait until Saturday before deciding his team to face Livingston in the Scottish Cup third round.

Scott Ross is a major doubt with the ankle injury, which forced him off in the thumping 7-0 win over Cowdenbeath.

His injury situation has been compounded by the fact loanees Cammy Kerr, Ally Gilchrist and Jassem Sukar must sit out the tie at the request of their parent clubs. 

The Balmoor manager said: "Scott is still struggling with his ankle."

"He is definitely not ruled out but there is a chance he wont make it so I will wait until Saturday."

"Otherwise I don't see many changes from the Cowdenbeath game although I might alter the shape of our team to deal with Livingston's power."

"We don't have a lot of defenders available with the three loan players out, so if Scott can't play then we will have to juggle things about a bit.".

Livingston triumphed on their last visit to Balmoor, sneaking a 1-0 victory after extra time in the quarter finals of last season's Petrofac Training Cup, a trophy then went on to win.

Myles Hippolyte scored that day, the same player who netted the equaliser in last week's Championship draw with leaders Rangers in West Lothian.

McInally said: "It should be a good cup tie on Saturday."

"Livingston are coming here off the back of two really good performances.  They had a good result against Rangers and the week before they played Hibs and my scout said they were impressive."

"They are a powerful side with a lot of height and are strong defensively but if we play as well as we did last week, I am sure we will give them a game."

"We have not got a lot to lose so hopefully we can give them a fright."