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Scully confident of creating a sticky situation for Cove’s clash with Hearts

Cove's Connor Scully and Aberdeen's Gary Mackay-Steven

Connor Scully insists Cove Rangers can cause Hearts problems in tonight’s League Cup clash.

The Premiership Jambos take on the Highland League champions at Balmoral Stadium tonight.

It’s Cove’s second match of the League Cup group stage and the Jambos’ first.

The Granite City side were beaten 2-0 by Inverness Caley Thistle in their cup opener on Saturday.

They then faced Aberdeen in a friendly to open the Balmoral Stadium on Sunday, but that game was abandoned after 57 minutes due to a serious head injury suffered by Cove’s Jordon Brown.

Tonight John Sheran’s side will have Mitch Megginson, who netted 52 goals last term, back from suspension.

Scully believes Cove can take confidence from their display against Inverness and believes they can cause Hearts problems.

The midfielder said: “It will be a tough game but it will be good for the fans to have a club like that at our ground.

“We’re really looking forward to it.

“It’s been a tough spell, we’re not expected to get a result, but hopefully we can get something.

“I think we do cause teams problems and you look at Saturday in the first 30 minutes we were in the game and had a couple of good chances.

“Their keeper made a couple of good saves and we take positives out of that and go into the match with our heads held high.

“Mitch Megginson with his goals will come back in and hopefully that helps us.”

Jambos boss Craig Levein watched Cove’s match with Caley Thistle in the Highland capital at the weekend.

Scully thinks it’s a compliment that the former Scotland gaffer has scouted them.

He added: “I don’t think anyone should take Cove lightly because we have players who played at a full-time level anyway.

“It’s good he has been looking at us and noting things down.

“It’s a compliment and it shows they won’t take us lightly.

“Nobody does because every time we go on the park we do ourselves and the club proud.”

Striker Jonny Smith also thinks Cove will create chances this evening.

And he thinks it’s important they take their opportunities against Hearts because he knows they might not get too many.

He said: “I think we can cause a shock. We were unlucky against Inverness.

“They had chances but we had some too, and they defended well at times.

“If we’d put our half chances away it would have been a different game.

“We always know that we’re good going forward and that we’re going to create chances.

“It’s the early stages of the season, we’re using it as pre-season and we will get better.

“When you’re five or six games into the season you get half chances and you bury them.

“But in the first game or two sometimes you don’t and it brings you back to reality.

“You just need to keep improving.”