Manager McInally wary but expects Peterhead to give Raith a Scottish Cup rattle

Peterhead manager Jim McInally.

Jim McInally hopes to see his side in the Scottish Cup fourth round draw for only the second time in his tenure.

In McInally’s first campaign as gaffer, his side welcomed Celtic to Balmoor.

Tomorrow Peterhead will play Raith Rovers, second in League One, at the same venue.

McInally, pictured, said: “Deveronvale beat us one season and we’ve played Livingston, Alloa twice and now Raith Rovers.

“Considering all of the winnable ties (in the draw), it’s not been kind to us.

“But I don’t think Raith will consider this a kind tie at this stage.

“Hopefully we give them a game.

“I’m always wary playing a full-time team, because they can pick you off with sharpness.

“They’re always thinking a few seconds ahead of you.

“But we’ve beaten Hearts already this season (in the Irn-Bru Cup) at Balmoor.

“They’ll give us full respect and we need to make sure we defend better than last week (3-2 defeat to Stenhouse-muir).

“If we do that we’ve always half a chance.

“We just go out and play, we don’t have a lot of defensive-minded players and there’s not an awful lot I can do about it tomorrow. “

Both Peterhead, who are third in League Two, and Raith are going into the game on the back of defeats.

Worries Simon Ferry, Aidan McIlduff and Nicky Riley are likely to play for the Blue Toon, but Scott Brown remains out and Marc Lawrence is struggling with a back injury.

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