Ahead of this weekend’s match against Partick Thistle in the Betfred Cup we caught up with Co-Manager, Steven Ferguson.
“It’s going to be a tough challenge. Partick Thistle are a very different opposition to what we faced last year in the Championship. They have added quality in important area’s and Gary has worked incredibly hard with them.”
“It’s not a game I think we have to motivate the guys for too much, that takes care of itself. Our boys, like us as coaches, know that getting through to the next round gets us a step closer to the final. We have said from Day 1 that it is a national cup competition and we want to try and go all the way if we can- we are no different to any other club in that sense, you never enter anything to come second.”
“Our group stage has gone extremely well, I think setting that standard in the group stage makes the team even more hungry to beat those heights and try to get themselves as far as they can. In saying that we know that Partick Thistle will be another completely different team with different tactics, players and will want to give their fans something to cheer about.”
“We take one game at a time. I don’t think it harms us to look back at the club’s success in this competition a couple of years ago, but the guys know if they do want to go on to the next round it’s in their hands. Having won it a few seasons ago does show that it is achievable, but we can’t get in to that mindset at this stage. There are some brilliant teams still left in the competition and our focus is just trying to get to the next round.”
“League form counts for nothing in Cup Competitions, I am not the first to say it and won’t be the last. Yes, we have had a good start in the Premiership but that doesn’t mean we walk in to the game expecting to win it and our boys don’t have that attitude. I think the lucky thing about us is the boys take nothing for granted and know that every game requires them to meet a standard. If we go in to the game with the right attitude and application, we will give ourselves every chance to progress.”