BSC Glasgow: Inside the amateur team plotting to shock Hibs in the Scottish Cup

 

BSC Glasgow manager Stephen Swift says it would be the “biggest result in Scottish Cup history” if his Lowland League side were to defeat Hibernian on Sunday.

Hibs are huge favourites to win the fifth-round tie, and the pressure will be on the Edinburgh side to avoid embarrassment and reach the quarter-finals.

Swift has envisioned three outcomes from the game, acknowledging that a heavy defeat to Premiership opposition is more than possible, but says a win for his team would rank as the greatest in 148 years of Scottish Cup upsets.

“If Hibs go and wipe the floor with us we can look back and say that it was maybe a bridge too far,” Swift told EN4 News. “The other scenario is if we lose narrowly but the boys give a good account of ourselves, we can really be proud of them.

“But if the miracle did happen and we won, it would be the biggest result in Scottish Cup history.

“We’ve got the three scenarios there, but with any one of them we’ll be delighted with how we’ve equipped ourselves in this Scottish Cup run. There’s no pressure, [on us] and we will try to enjoy the game.”

BSC Glasgow, who were established in 2014, reached the fifth round of the competition for the first time in the club’s short history by defeating East Kilbride in the previous round.

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But it was their third-round win over League One opponents East Fife that made headlines, as Swift’s men fought back from 3-1 down to win 4-3 in stoppage time.

“That shows the belief within this group that they can actually be under that much adversity and come out with a win,” Swift said.

“However, we’ve got to have huge respect for Hibs; they’re four tiers above us in the leagues. But our players are under no pressure, and we’ll give it our best shot.”

There is no doubt that a win for the Glasgow outfit would eclipse other famous Scottish Cup shocks, such as Albion Rovers’ win over Motherwell in 2013, or Celtic’s defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2000.

Swift admits that he has faced sleepless nights thinking about how his side are going to achieve the impossible.

It is often tempting for a manager facing such unfavourable odds to surrender possession and play with 11 men behind the ball, but the boss is determined that his side play to their strengths.

“I’ve been up a couple of nights thinking about what I’m trying to do,” said Smith, who had a 16-year professional career playing for sides such as Cowdenbeath and Stranraer.

“I could easily set up and be extremely hard to beat, we will need to compact, organised and transition into our positions quickly, but one thing I don’t want to lose is our identity.

“I want us to give it a go, so it’s not a case of Hibs having wave after wave of attack. We’ve got to try and give a bit as well, I think that’s important and that’s the romance of the cup.

“If I went away and set up to not get beat heavily and we came away with a 2-0 defeat but never had a shot on goal, I’d probably be disappointed with myself, and I’d be doing a disservice to the players.”

One thing that BSC Glasgow will need if they are to take the game to Hibs is goals. The strike partnership of Thomas Collins and Thomas Orr has led to 31 goals so far this season and looks to be their biggest threat.

Collins, whose 17 goals this season make him the club’s top scorer, told EN4 News that he has been studying Sunday’s opponents and is confident of adding to his tally.

 

“Hibs are a strong side, but I watched them over the weekend and they’ve got weaknesses,” Collins said.

“Obviously they were playing another Premiership side but I believe we can create chances, and if I get a chance inside the box I feel positive that I can score a goal.”

On the tie, Collins added: “There’s a real buzz and excitement about the place. It’s a massive game for the club.

“Not only are we excited about the game, but there’s a belief that we can go and do something special.

“You’ve seen throughout the season that there’s a spirit within this team. We’ve come from behind or we can go ahead early and go and capitalise on those leads and see out games.

“So no matter how the game pans out on Sunday, we’ve got a great chance of getting a positive result.”

Kick-off is at 12pm on Sunday at Alloa Athletic’s Indodrill Stadium.

“We can’t wait to get started” – Livingston Women’s FC look for dream debut as team prepare for first competitive fixture

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Livingston Women’s FC head coach Paul Jaconelli has told EN4 News that he “can’t wait to get started” ahead of the club’s competitive debut this weekend.

The club was only created in December 2019 after a partnership was formed with fellow West Lothian side Blackburn United.

Head coach Paul Jaconelli is the first ever manager in the new side’s dugout and he believes there is a gap for the club to take advantage of.

“There has been a lot of restructuring over the last year within the women’s game in Scotland, and we feel we have a really good opportunity to get ourselves to a level above,” he said ahead of the big kick-off.

“We have signed some very good players from the highest level in the game, and we can’t wait to get started competitively.”

The Lionesses will compete in the Scottish Women’s Football South Division, which will see them take on Edinburgh City Ladies at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Sunday.

Their alliance with Blackburn United means that the most senior players from The Burnie will play under the Livingston WFC banner along with some new signings.

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Speaking on the link-up, Jaconelli said: ‘’This alliance gave not only Livingston, but also Blackburn a stronger brand and a very good pathway, which is a great attraction for potential new players as well as our loyal players who have been with us through thick and thin.”

But they are not underestimating their opponents come Sunday.

“Edinburgh City are a brand new team, so are very much an unknown quantity right now. They have kept themselves well under the radar, so we aren’t sure what to expect from the weekend.”

Women’s football has seen a significant growth in Scotland over the past few years, with the national team qualifying for the World Cup in France last year.

Captain Vicky Wood, who will be the first player to lead out the new side, says the effect is being felt at all levels.

She told EN4 News: “For me personally, it’s had a massive impact. Girls’ football was almost non-existent when I was growing up.

“Now you can see how far it’s come with the number of girls and women who play.”

What to expect on the Small Screen

With so many shows out now and coming soon, here is a brief rundown of some of the television to look out for.

 

 

Watchmen

Where: Sky/HBO

When: Out Now (new episodes weekly)

Set in the dystopian comic universe published by DC Comics, Watchmen (2019) tells a new story, acting as a sequel to the original graphic novel. Starring Regina King, Don Johnson and Tim Blake Nelson.

 

 

Living With Yourself

Where: Netflix

When: Out Now

This comedy follows the story of Miles Elliot who, after going through an unusual treatment in the hope of enjoying life again, discovers that he has been replaced by an identical clone. Starring Paul Rudd, Paul Rudd, and Aisling Bea.

 

 

Bojack Horseman (Season 6)

Where: Netflix

When: October 25th

Returning for its final season, with part one being released this month, the titular horseman has gone to rehab in hopes to make up for the mistakes of his past. This zany and dark animated dramedy stars the voice talent of Will Arnett , Alison Brie and Paul F. Tompkins.

 

 

The Crown (Season 3)

Where: Netflix

When: November 17

This historical drama returns for its 3rd season with Olivia Coleman and Tobias Menzies taking over the roles as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh respectively. This season will be set between the years of 1964 – 76, with Prince Charles and Camilla being a central focus.

 

 

Rick and Morty (Season 4)

Where: Adult Swim

When: November 10 (new episodes weekly) (UK Dates TBC)

Expect more sci-fi hijinxs with Rick and Morty’s 4th season featuring dragons, space snakes and Morty going insane – standard fare for Dan Harmon’s bizarre comedy. Featuring the voice talent of Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell and Spenser Grammer.

 

 

 

Hearts vs St Johnstone – Match Preview

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Hearts host St Johnstone on Saturday at Tynecastle. (Photo credit: Paul Henery)

Hearts will be looking to bounce back from a defeat against Dundee on January 24, whereas St Johnstone is looking for their fourth consecutive league win, after overcoming Livingston.

This is the third time the two clubs have met this season, with a Hearts coming out on top in a 2-1 win at Tynecastle and a 2-2 draw at McDiarmid Park.

Craig Levein’s side will be looking to redeem themselves after the loss to Dundee but has warned that he may ‘drop half the team’ following the match. The Edinburgh side was booed when they left the pitch on the match night, and Levein singled out his January signing David Vanecek for a ‘rubbish’ performance.

The Czech was substituted 30 minutes into the game, leaving Hearts fans disappointed and wanting more from the striker, who joined the team after agreeing on a pre-contract with Hearts in the summer.

Craig Levein

Craig Levein labelled his side’s performance against Dundee as “p***”. (Photo credit: Hayden Barry)

Fans will be hoping Vanecek puts in a stronger performance when St Johnstone come to Tynecastle on Saturday. Levein has also added Leeds United defender Conor Shaughnessy on loan, to his squad.

St Johnstone look favourites to take home the three points, with their last defeat coming against title contenders Rangers back in December, and even that was a tightly contested game with Saints conceding an 88th-minute goal. St Johnstone have now kept 11 clean sheets in 14 games, after beating Livingston 1-0 midweek and moving the Saints into the fifth position.

The Perth side is looking to continue the momentum they have going, with a 100% record in all competitions this year. This is bolstered by the return of fan favourite Michael O’Halloran, who signed a two-and-a-half year contract last week to return to McDiarmid Park for the third time.

Kick off is 3pm on Saturday, January 26 at Tynecastle Park.

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