Bonnyrigg Rose manager dreaming of Scottish Cup upset against Clyde

Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic manager Robbie Horn says it would be like a “dream come true” if his Lowland League side were to beat Clyde in the Scottish Cup on Saturday and reach the fifth round of the competition for the first time.

The “Rose” host their League One opponents at New Dundas Park and are underdogs for the fourth-round clash, although the Lothian side come into the match having already beaten a team ranked two divisions above them in Montrose in the previous round of the tournament.

Horn says his side have taken confidence from the upset and revealed that Bonnyrigg are using a potential glamour tie against Celtic or Rangers as motivation for Saturday’s game.

“It’s massive,” Horn told EN4 News. “There’s the carrot dangling in front of you of another big tie against Rangers or Celtic, or Hearts or Hibs. That’s what you dream of and that’s what we keep feeding to the player.

“It’s a dream, but dreams come true and hopefully we can reward everyone with a good performance and a good result on Saturday.”

Horn insists his side are keeping their feet on the ground, with preparations for the game going ahead as normal in order to create a relaxed atmosphere in the camp.

But Scottish Cup fever has swept around the town and a sell-out crowd of over 2,000 fans will be at New Dundas Park for Saturday’s game.

“The community has really got behind the Scottish Cup games so far and it’s been great,” Horn said.

“Hopefully there will be another great atmosphere on Saturday. I’m sure the Clyde supporters as well are very loyal and very vocal and I’m sure they’ll get behind their team as well, so it should be a good Scottish Cup atmosphere.”

Bonnyrigg will also take confidence from their league form. The club are second in the Lowland League with a game in hand on leaders Kelty Hearts, and have won 15 of their 17 league matches this season.

Bonnyrigg Rose’s journey to the Scottish Cup fourth round (Credit: EN4 News)

A promotion push will be the aim for Horn’s team come the end of the season, but for now, all focus is on keeping this Scottish Cup run alive.

We’ve done it before and I’ve got 100% confidence in the players that we’ve got,” Horn added.

“We’ve got to be at our best and Clyde may have to have an off-day, but the pressure is all on Clyde. They are a League One team and, on paper, they should be beating a Lowland League team, so the pressure is all on them.

“We’ll go out and enjoy the occasion. Hopefully the supporters will get behind us and make it as difficult for them as possible, and hopefully we’ll get the victory.”

Bonnyrigg Rose defender Euan Moyes (left) and captain Jonathan Stewart (right) explain how the Lowland League side are preparing for their Scottish Cup fourth round match against Clyde.

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