Banks o’ Dee’s Andy Shearer admits former club Formartine were not his ideal opponents for Scottish Cup clash.
The Junior side beat Maud 2-0 to clinch their first silverware of the season in the Grill Cup.
Dee are on a 15-match unbeaten run including beating Highland League leaders Buckie Thistle in the Aberdeenshire Shield.
But Formartine’s visit to Spain Park will be one of their toughest tests of the season so far.
Kris Hunter’s side will be looking to bounce back from their 4-1 defeat to Brora last weekend.
Shearer joined Dee from Formartine and wishes his old side all the best – apart from this weekend.
But he feels the Highland League side’s quality could make it difficult for Dee to stop them. Formartine’s squad includes two players who featured in the Scottish Cup final in 2011, with Garry Wood and Paul Lawson coming off the bench for Ross County.
And Shearer concedes he would have preferred another side to face tomorrow rather than such a strong Highland League club.
But he is looking forward to the Junior side’s challenge and warned Formartine to respect Dee’s quality in attack.
He said: “If I’m honest, it wasn’t what I wanted to see come out of the hat.
“The calibre of player they’ve got is unbelievable, they’ve got Woody (Garry Wood) who was playing in the Scottish Cup final a couple of years ago, Paul Lawson, Derek Young, (Scott) Barbour, they have quality all through the team.
“If we play like we did (against Buckie), work hard and get the rub of the green, we stand a chance.
“It’s going to be a hard day but it’s going to be a good day for the club, a bit of a bonus getting this far.
“We want a good performance and if Formartine are going to beat us, we’re going to make sure they have earned it and if they don’t, we’ll be working hard.
“We’ve got the quality to beat teams as well.”