DUMBARTON READY FOR CHALLENGE

DUMBARTON face a different challenge tomorrow, when they travel to face Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in round four of the Scottish Cup.

Cumnock and Clyde have already been beaten on the Road to Hampden this season, but the match against the top-flight Ayrshire men offers a stern test.

For manager Stevie Farrell, the game is also an opportunity to bounce back from last week’s defeat away to Forfar Athletic.

No league points are at stake, but the chance to reach the last 16 for the first time in five years is on offer on the second cup trip to Ayrshire this season.

The manager said: “We are all looking forward to the game tomorrow, although we know how much it will demand of us.

“It gives us a break from league action and a chance to test ourselves against a team from the top tier of Scottish football on their own pitch.

“We know how heavily Kilmarnock will be fancied to win the tie, despite their tough run of late. We will have to be at our best to give ourselves a chance.

“However, if we are on top of our game, and the breaks go our way, who knows? It is a one-off tie and anything can happen. We will go there and look to give a good account of ourselves and see what happens.”

Gregor Buchanan and Ryan Blair are available again after serving a suspension last Saturday at Forfar. Ryan McGeever is also available despite being sent off at Station Park – he will miss our next league fixture, at home to Bonnyrigg Rose next Saturday, instead.

New signing Russell McLean is also eligible for the game, having not played for Peterhead in the competition this season, and Ross MacLean could return.

However, Joe McKee took a knock to his shin at Forfar and will not feature. Declan Byrne has also had a minor setback after returning to the squad last week, and John Gemmell remains out.

Supporters intending to travel to Rugby Park are asked to purchase a ticket in advance of the game. Full details are in our previous story.

Kilmarnock presently sit 11th in the cinch Premiership, and have played three consecutive games against the Old Firm, losing all three.

However, Wednesday evening’s defeat at home to Rangers was their first defeat at Rugby Park since early November, and only their third reverse at home all season in any competition.

Midfielder Daniel Armstrong is their top goalscorer this season, with eight goals across all competitions.

If you can’t get to the game, we will have full in-play coverage through our Twitter feed @DumbartonFC.

Nick Walsh will referee tomorrow’s game, with assistance from Jonathan Bell and Graham Chambers.

There are no replays in this season’s Scottish Cup. If the match ends all square after 90 minutes, it will be followed by extra time and, if required, a penalty shootout.