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Inverness Caledonian Thistle must avoid slipping up against Buckie Thistle in banana skin tie


By Will Clark

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Robertson says his team will have to avoid slipping up on banana skin tie at Buckie Thistle tomorrow.

Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness.
Inverness CT(1) v Dunfermline(1). 29.12.20.
ICT manager John Robertson.
Picture - Ken Macpherson, Inverness. Inverness CT(1) v Dunfermline(1). 29.12.20. ICT manager John Robertson.

Buckie Thistle caused a major shock in the first round when they comfortably defeated League Two outfit Albion Rovers 3–0 at Cliftonhill on Boxing Day.

With the Moray coast outfit also having a 100 per cent record in the Highland League so far, Robertson says Inverness will head to Victoria Park with full respect for their opponents.

“You always want a home draw and if you don’t get that, you want a winnable tie away,” he said.

“Buckie gives us that but it is fraught with danger, simple as that.

“We’ve had tight games against them in pre-season and they’re very well-organised.

“It’s a real banana skin. It’s the perfect draw for Buckie – they’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

“Over the years in the Scottish Cup, Inverness have been the hunters, looking for scalps.

“We become the hunted. Buckie will fancy their chances and see an opportunity to cause a real upset.”

He added: “In terms of travel it’s not too bad, as we could have found ourselves heading down to Annan or Stranraer. Buckie is about an hour and fifteen minutes away.

“We’ll give Buckie Thistle the same respect we give Hearts, Dunfermline and the rest of the teams in our league.

“We have to finish the tie on the day at Victoria Park.

“If you’re a Buckie player right now, you’re licking your lips.

“There’s an opportunity to make Scottish Cup headlines and we need to make sure we’re not on the end of it.”


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