Peterhead boss Jim McInally has called their Scottish Cup tie with Colville Park a “massive banana skin”.
The Blue Toon face the Scottish Amateur Cup holders at Balmoor in the second round tomorrow.
Manager McInally insists it is a no-win situation for the Buchan outfit because they are expected to win and if they don’t they will be criticised.
He likened it to what Inverness Caley Thistle experienced last weekend when they faced Peterhead in the Irn-Bru Cup.
The Jags were expected to win and when they did they received no plaudits.
McInally said: “It’s similar to last week against Inverness and I would settle for the same scenario – where we could win 3-0 and take no plaudits out of the game because that is what happened last week.
“Inverness beat us 3-0 and people said some nice things about us, but for me that’s not important. “I’d rather just win and it’s a Scottish Cup tie, so it’s about winning. “It’s a massive banana skin, let’s not kid ourselves. “It’s a totally no-win situation, that’s why we’ve got to be professional and get the job done regardless.
“But we have players who can handle the expectation.”
McInally has also drafted in his brother Paul to help him learn more about Motherwell-based Colville.
He added: “My brother went to watch them last Saturday.
“He said they are decent but are only an amateur team in name.
“They look after their players well.
“My brother is involved in the amateur game and he says there is a lot of jealousy involved because they’ve got a few bob.
“Recently a player left Queen’s Park and went to join them because they can look after you.
“They have a few ex-pros and we’ll treat them as though we are playing Hearts again, it’s as simple as that.”