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Conor Gethins admits Clachnacuddin cannot expect Buckie Thistle to be distracted by Scottish Cup tie against Celtic when two sides meet in Highland League

By Alasdair Fraser

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Conor Gethins doubts that Buckie Thistle’s dream Scottish Cup tie at Celtic Park will affect their league form.

Clach manager Conor Gethins. Picture: Callum Mackay
Clach manager Conor Gethins. Picture: Callum Mackay

The Moray club host Clach in their first game since landing a money-spinning visit to the east end of Glasgow in the fourth round draw.

Clach, without a win in 16 league games this season, will be huge underdogs tomorrow but ran Buckie close in a 3-2 defeat on the opening day of the season.

“We could face a team who come out and hit you with absolutely everything they have,” Gethins said.

“Or you could have a team that is feeling a wee bit cautious and want to be avoiding injury before such a massive game.

“I’ve seen it in the past when I was younger at Ross County when there were big cup games coming up, but Spider (Buckie boss Graeme Stewart) knows the score. He will put out the message that if they don’t work hard in the league, they won’t play at Celtic.

“Personally, I think they will be right up for it. It will be tough, but Clach were 2-1 up against Buckie with five minutes to go this season so it is not outwith their ability.”

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