COVE GEARING UP FOR TOUGHEST CHALLENGE YET IN BETFRED CUP AGAINST HOSTS INVERNESS CALEY
CHALLENGE: Cove Rangers manager Paul Hartley is hoping for another positive performance from his players against Inverness Caley Thistle this evening.
COVE Rangers manager Paul Hartley has warned his players they will have to dig deep to compete with Inverness Caley Thistle in tonight’s Betfred League Cup Group D tie.
Cove have been praised for their performances in the tournament so far, having lost 2-1 away to League One Peterhead and drawn 0-0 at home with Championship side Dundee.
But Paul believes Inverness Caley Thistle, who are managed by his own former boss John Robertson, will provide the toughest test yet in the competition for his team.
“I have the greatest respect for John and Inverness are my dark horses for the Championship in the coming season,” said Paul, who will again be without summer signing Jamie Redman and defender Ryan Strachan because of injuries, with centre-back Darryn Kelly also absent because he is away on holiday.
“He’s having to work with far less resources than some of his rivals but John will have them up there challenging.
“He will also be looking for a result that keeps them in with a chance of getting out of our group in the Betfred Cup, so this is likely to be our most challenging 90 minutes so far.
“Our level of performance will certainly need to be as high as it was in the previous two games if we are to have any chance of competing.
“I was delighted with the way the players applied themselves against Dundee in particular.
“They were up against a team full of Premiership quality players but showed they are more than capable of competing against that standard of opponent.
“I will be looking for more of the same tonight because we will need it.”
Dundee United’s attacking midfielder Declan Glass, who joined Cove Rangers on loan for six months yesterday, is added to the squad along with veteran defender Alan Redford, who has returned from his holiday.
Cove skipper Mitch Megginson will also have a late fitness test to decide if he can feature.