Leitch relishing encounter with Raith Roves in Scottish Cup as Peterhead look to progress

Peterhead's Jack Leitch.

Peterhead midfielder Jack Leitch is relishing their Scottish Cup tie with Raith Rovers this weekend.

The Blue Toon welcome the men from Kirkcaldy to Balmoor on Saturday in the third round of the competition.

The League One Fifers are full-time, but Leitch is confident and believes they can take heart from last month’s 3-0 loss to Championship Inverness Caley Thistle in the third round of the Irn-Bru Cup.

He said: “It will be a great game to look forward to.

“It will be a good challenge for us and one that we can look forward to.

“It would be a good scalp to take.

“When we played Inverness in the third round of the Irn-Bru Cup we played some really nice football.

“I don’t think the scoreline really reflected how the game went.”

Saturday’s match gives the Buchan outfit the chance to get themselves into the fourth round draw alongside the Premiership big boys.

The last time the Blue Toon reached round four of the competition was back in the 2011/12 season when they were paired with Celtic at Balmoor.

While Leitch would love to get to the next round and face one of the country’s top clubs, he insists it is important they focus on Raith first and foremost.

He added: “It definitely is a chance for us to get a big name.

“But I think first we need to focus on this game, go and enjoy it and play well, and see how it goes.”

Leitch joined Peterhead, who are third in League Two, after leaving Airdrieonians during the summer.

He is enjoying his football with the Aberdeenshire team, playing alongside the likes of Willie Gibson, Simon Ferry, Scott Brown and Rory McAllister.

The 22-year-old said: “I’m really enjoying it with Peterhead.

“I think that shows in the way I’m playing.

“I’ve got a great relationship with the boys and things have been really good so far.

“There are a lot of good footballers in the dressing room and I think it is only a matter of time before we start pushing up to the top of the league.”

Last Saturday, Leitch was excellent – scoring and hitting a post as Peterhead lost 3-2 at home to Stenhousemuir.

While pleased to score, he was disappointed not to take something from the game – ending the Blue Toon’s run of four wins in a row.

But he is determined to put things right this week.

He said: “We were disappointed because we feel it was a game we should have won with the chances we had.

“Rory McAllister hit the bar in the first half and I hit the post in the second.

“We created a lot of other chances as well but we were disappointed with the goals we lost and the manner in which we lost them.

“I actually scuffed the shot that went in. My effort which hit the post was a better strike.

“But you take any goals you can get.

“I think I’ve got four goals now this season, so hopefully I can get a few more.”