Spartans manager Dougie Samuel insists Cove Rangers are the favourites in the League Two play-off semi-final.
The Lowland League champions travel north tomorrow to take on Cove at Harlaw Park in the semi-final first leg.
Samuel believes his team are good enough to win the tie, then beat Cowdenbeath to gain promotion to League Two. But he says the Highland League winners start as favourites.
He said: “Going up has always been the aspiration for us, it’s very difficult, but it’s the holy grail.
“I think we have everything in place off the park – but we’ve now got to deliver the hardest part on the park.
“I know that Cove have huge aspirations and will be excited about moving into their new ground.
“They may feel this is our time and most people will probably have them as favourites – and rightly so. They’ve got a very talented squad and a much bigger budget than us. What they did in their league was a superb achievement. “There’s a familiarity about the tie for us; we’re going in as underdog, smaller budget and nobody expects us to win.
“I think that takes pressure off our players because most are expecting Cove to beat us and then beat Cowdenbeath.
“But if we didn’t believe we could win the tie there would be no point in travelling up to play the game.
“There is confidence and self-belief in my group to go out and progress and that’s our goal – I believe we are capable of winning the tie.”
Some of the Spartans players have experienced this stage before, having been with Edinburgh City when they gained promotion in 2016.
Samuel added: “We’ve got a good mixture and I think that’s one of the reasons we’ve been successful this year.
“We’ve got products of our own youth academy and we’ve got guys who are ex-senior players and guys who have played at this level for a number of years.
“That includes players who have got experience of winning the Lowland League and winning promotion with Edinburgh City when they played Cove.
“Ross Allum scored a double against Cove in the play-offs two years ago and he’s really looking forward to it.
“But our top scorer Jamie Dishington is suspended for the first leg.”