Raith can be a “banana skin” for Hibs, says boss

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Raith Rovers are hoping to trip Hibs up tomorrow (Credit: Raith Rovers / Facebook)

Raith Rovers manager John McGlynn has insisted his side will go into tomorrow’s Scottish Cup fifth round tie against Hibernian with the belief they can win.

The Kirkcaldy outfit, who have never won the competition, are aiming to progress to the quarter-final stage with victory at Easter Road.

Speaking exclusively to EN4 News, McGlynn emphasised that his side can upset the odds when they visit Hibs.

“We’re big underdogs, I don’t think anyone outside of Kirkcaldy will give us much of a chance,” he said.

“But we have to believe that we can go there and cause an upset.

“We can play. Yes, it’s a step up and we’ll have to raise our game, but we can play. Hopefully we can go there and frustrate Hibs or make them a bit nervous.

“We want to stay in the game for as long as possible and hopefully nick a winner.”

Despite playing opposition that are two divisions higher, McGlynn is relaxed about the match because “all the pressure is on Hibs.”

“I would suggest that all the pressure is on Hibs because they are the bigger club and they’re at home to lower league opposition,” he said.

“They will fancy their chances against us and it would be a shock if they weren’t to go through. But as I said, we have to believe that we can go there and get a result. And with the romance of the cup, anything can happen.”

Hibs go into the match still without a permanent head coach following Neil Lennon’s departure by mutual consent last week, but McGlynn believes that the uncertainty surrounding the Edinburgh club won’t necessarily play into his side’s hands tomorrow.

 

“Can we use their uncertainty to our advantage? Possibly. But I think that their interim set-up has come in and done well so far.

“They’ve had two difficult games against Aberdeen and Celtic that not many teams would win over the course of the season. The managerial change hasn’t had that much of an impact on them so far, so do I think it’ll make any difference on Saturday? Probably not.”

To listen to an extended interview with John McGlynn, click here.

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