John Sheran thinks his side’s Scottish Cup tie with Airdrieonians is an opportunity for his ambitious Highland League players to prove their credentials.
The Cove boss was speaking ahead of the third round tie at the Excelsior Stadium.
He said: “We’ve done well in other national cups we’ve been in, beating Stenhousemuir (in the Irn-Bru Cup) for example.
“That gives us a marker of the level we need to be at.
“It’s that thing of saying, we’ve got players who’ve played in the Scottish league and players who’d like to play in the Scottish league, and the big test for them is to say: ‘Go and prove that’.”
Sheran knows it’ll be a test for Cove, despite the opposition being on the foot of the League One table.
He said: “Airdrieonians seem to be coming out of the troubles they have had.
“We got our first report on them when they lost to Arbroath 7-1, and they got their first win on Saturday, so they’re obviously improving.”
Cove played at the Excelsior in 2008/09, losing to Championship Airdrie United 3-0. But, since then, an artificial surface has been installed.
Sheran thinks his side will be “quite happy” on a type of surface they train on, regularly play on and are installing at their under-construction new stadium.
He said the way Cove play “suits an astro surface”.
Cove will be missing attacker Daniel Park tomorrow after his red card against Huntly in their last Highland League fixture.
Darren Kelly will be absent due to work commitments and defender Harry Milne is touch and go after sustaining soft tissue damage to his foot last time out.