A Dunfermline legend has given his backing to Buckie Thistle ahead of tomorrow’s Scottish Cup third round tie.
Jimmy Nicholl, who played for the Pars as well as being caretaker manager and assistant to Jimmy Calderwood at East End Park, has said he’s supporting the Jags.
The current Northern Ireland assistant manager is backing Thistle because their manager Graeme Stewart is marrying Nicholl’s daughter, Heather.
Nicholl said: “I’ve still got a lot of friends at Dunfermline, and I still have an affection for them.
“But Graeme is soon going to be part of our family.
“And if he’s going to be part of the family you want him to do well for himself, so I’ll be rooting for Buckie this weekend.”
Stewart said: “It’s nice to hear that but it doesn’t matter, he can support who he likes.”
Although Stewart is under no illusions as to how difficult the Highland League leaders will find it when Allan Johnston’s side, who are eighth in the Championship after beating St Mirren 1-0 last Saturday, come to a packed Victoria Park.
Stewart added: “It’s a huge ask for us, we go into the game as underdogs, but, in saying that we’ve got a lot to gain and not much to lose.
“We need to try play on that. “The players need to be relaxed, but up for the game at the same time, and go on to the pitch and express themselves. We’re just hoping that we have a great day and the Pars have an off day.”There is a belief in the squad that we can challenge them because we’ve got young, fit, talented players who want to show how good they are against a team of Dunfermline’s quality.”
While Nicholl thinks it’s important Buckie believe they can pull off an upset. “They need to keep their belief,” he said.
“If they can get off to a good start then it gets the fans going and it gives the players belief to go and try to do something special.
“But if you don’t have a good start and there is a setback don’t let it faze you, don’t lose your belief.”