‘Full-time outfit will be real test for Cove or Formartine’ says boss Sheran

John Sheran.
John Sheran.

Cove Rangers manager John Sheran says facing Livingston or Falkirk would be a “big test” if they make it through to the Scottish Cup fifth round.

The Aberdeen side will play fellow Highland League side Formartine United in the fourth round on Wednesday, January 31, after the clash was postponed on Friday due to a frozen pitch.

Cove or United will host Livi or the Bairns, who will play their fourth round tie on the same night, on the weekend of February 10 and 11.

While not the glamour tie either side were hoping for, Sheran says it will still be a good test for his side to play a Championship team if they make it through.

He said: “There’s no question it will be a big test for Formartine or Cove if they get through to play a full-time outfit. “We are just trying to concentrate on winning the game with Formartine and then we’ll worry about the next opponents after that.

“But it’s one of those games where ideally you’re looking for a Premiership team. “But the draw has been made and we’ve got a home draw.

“So we’ve just got to get on and try to get through to the fifth round and then try to get to the quarter-final. “It feels a little bit strange because we haven’t played our tie yet and we have to get that out of the way first.

“People dream of playing Celtic and Rangers and the big teams and that dream isn’t there now. “We know who we could play, but it is a Championship team. “But we have our own big game to play first.”

Elsewhere, Highland League Fraserburgh will travel to Somerset Park to play Ayr United if they can pull off an upset against Rangers.

The Highland League’s other representatives, Brora Rangers, face a long trip to play Premiership Kilmarnock.

Peterhead will play Championship Morton at Cappielow if they overcome Dumbarton at Balmoor tomorrow night.

If the Blue Toon do get through it will mean a return to Greenock for boss Jim McInally.

He was in charge at Cappielow from 2004 to 2008.

He led them to the Second Division (now League One) title in the 2006/07 season, but left in February 2008 with ‘Ton second bottom of the First Division (now Championship).

He said: “It might never happen.

“All of our focus is on Dumbarton just now, it would be silly to think about anything else. “We need to deal with what is in front of us first and take it from there.

“I know the place well and the last time we played there was the day Morton won League One in 2015 and the place was packed.

“It won’t be a problem for us adjusting to playing there – but we can’t think about it just now.”

The full draw for the Scottish Cup fifth round is as follows: Formartine United/Cove Rangers v Livingston/Falkirk; Morton v Peterhead/Dumbarton; Hearts v Albion Rovers/St Johnstone; Kilmarnock v Brora Rangers; Ayr United v Fraserburgh/Rangers; Aberdeen v Dundee United; Dundee/Inverness Caley Thistle v Motherwell; Celtic v Partick Thistle.

All ties will be played on the weekend of February 10 and 11.