Boss Sheerin urges belief in a massive Scottish Cup win

Paul Sheerin Arbroath Fotball Club manager.
Paul Sheerin Arbroath Fotball Club manager.

ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin wants his players to believe they can pull off one of the biggest shocks in cup history on Sunday.

The Lichties face reigning SPL champions Rangers in a fourth round cup tie at Gayfield and are massive underdogs going into the tie.

But despite facing the Glasgow giants, Mr Sheerin insists there will be no special treatment for the Ibrox men in the lunchtime kick-off.

And with the Light Blues favourites to see off the Maroons, the boss believes the pressure is all on their opponents.

He told HeraldSport: “You go into every match thinking you can win because if you don’t then you are in the wrong game.

“I believe it could happen and that we could pull off something special and I hope the players believe too as there is no real pressure on us.

“Rangers haven’t had the best form lately until their win on Saturday so the pressure is all on them.

“And that is as good as an advantage as any as we will go out there and enjoy it.

“And if you are enjoying it, that is when you do well.”

The manager will be putting the Lichties through another training session tonight (Friday) with all the players eager to get in the starting line-up for the match, which is being screened live on Sky Sports.

The only injury concern Mr Sheerin has to contend with is Jordan Elfverson who is suffering from a back problem.

And that leaves the management team with almost a full squad of players to chose from.

The boss added: “I have always been desperate to play in these big cup draws and I know all the players will be wanting to pull on the jersey.

“When everybody is fit and ready it isn’t a good time for the manager as everybody wants to play their part.

“But we will sit down before the game to sort out our preparations and decide what we want to go with.”

One thing the Lichties do have in common with Sunday’s opponents is that they, too, have suffered a recent dip in league form.

Monday’s defeat at Dumbarton means the Gayfield men have not won a league game since November 12 and now Cowdenbeath are six points ahead in the race at the top of Division Two.

And Mr Sheerin admits it was a blow to lose a goal in the dying stages to condemn them to a loss.

He added: “I don’t know why but for whatever reason when we went 2-1 up there seemed to be an acceptance from both sides that it would end up like that.

“It is starting to become concerning that we haven’t won a game since November.

“We seem to be able to go ahead in games but then drop points and now we are getting to the stage of the season where we really need to start pushing on.”

With the transfer window upon us, the boss is hoping strengthening the squad will help the good form to return. He explained: “I think we need a little bit more strength in depth in the squad as I don’t think there is enough pressure on the starting 11 for places.

“However we have extended the loan move of Liam Caddis from St Johnstone until the end of the season and I’m sure he will do well knowing he is here until then.”

l THE SCOTTISH Cup will be in the Arbroath branch of William Hill, High Street, today (Friday) from 2.30 p.m.

The company sponsors the competition and local punters can have their chance to see the trophy by popping into the branch.

In addition, there are six sets of tickets being given away in a free prize draw being hosted by the shop.

And if you’re peckish, free sausage rolls will also be on offer.