Gibson: “Great to see us alongside the Old Firm”


Culter were drawn to host 2008 finalists Queen of the South in the next round of the Scottish Cup if they can overcome Partick Thistle but Culter co-manager Andy Gibson will not allow his players to lose focus ahead of the match at Firhill on Saturday.

However Gibson did reveal it was a proud moment to see the Junior side in the hat alongside the biggest names in Scottish football.

He said: “I watched the draw live on Tuesday morning and it was great to see Culter in the draw with the likes of Rangers, Celtic and Aberdeen but we are just focusing on Saturday’s match rather than looking ahead.”

The Culter boss is optimistic his side can go one step further and knock Thistle out of the cup after last week’s 1-1 draw.

“The players must take a lot of credit for Saturday as they pushed Partick all the way and could have won it at the end,” Gibson said. “The game this week at Firhill will be another great day for the club.

“The players must have the belief that they can cause an upset. The pressure is all on Thistle and they are the strong favourites but we have some good players who can cause them problems and their fans will turn on them if they don’t start well.”

The Crombie Park side will earn more than £20,000 from the ties and buses have been organised for supporters travelling to Glasgow.

Culter president Doug Jamieson said: “Whatever money is generated will be redirected into ground improvements. Realistically last week was our cup final but I hope we perform on Saturday, and everyone is keeping fingers crossed for a positive result.”