Buckie Thistle’s Ceiran McLean is optimistic about their chances against Premiership Dundee tomorrow.
The Jags qualified for the tournament after winning the Highland League last term.
They’ve been handed a glamour group with Dundee, Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cowdenbeath.
Although the Victoria Park outfit have found it tough, losing 4-2 at Cowdenbeath last Saturday and 3-0 at home to Dundee United on Wednesday.
But ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Dens Park to face Dundee, midfielder McLean is encouraged by what he has seen in their first two games. Although he acknowledged that they struggled at times in the first half against the Tangerines.
He said: “It was a tough work-out for us against United and you expect that because they are a full-time side and they knock the ball about well.
“I felt we gifted them goals a little bit, although they did move the ball around well.
“But we could have done better with some of the goals. However, it was only our second competitive game and it will just come with time.
“The second half was a lot better, our shape was a lot better and they didn’t have much in the second half in terms of clear-cut chances.
“We had a couple of chances throughout the game. On another day we might have taken a couple of them and it would have been different.”
McLean expects a similar test against Neil McCann’s team, but believes the Jags are capable of getting a positive result.
This game is the second of three mouthwatering fixtures for Graeme Stewart’s men, with Raith Rovers visiting Victoria Park on Tuesday.
McLean added: “We expect it to be much and such the same against Dundee with them trying to control the game and tire us out.
“We’ll have to go down to Dens Park, keep our shape, dig in and try to frustrate them as much as we can.
“Every game is a challenge against full-time opposition so we’ll just have to give it everything.
“You always look to nick a goal and if we can do that the pressure is then on the other team.
“Other teams at our level have had positive results. East Kilbride beat Queen of the South on penalties, so the opportunity is there for us.
“We just have to cut out the slack goals we’ve conceded.
“And it’s a great time for the club with this being the second of three big matches. It’s a reward for what we achieved last season, winning the Highland League.
“It’s a good reward because not many players get the opportunity to play against players of this calibre.”