Friday 21st January 2022
DUMBARTON will aim to be on the positive side of a Scottish Cup shock tomorrow when they play Premiership outfit Dundee at home.
Having secured three vital points against East Fife last week, Sons now have the opportunity to advance to the last 16 of the cup.
Dundee have just returned to action following the Premiership’s winter break, losing 2-0 away to Livingston on Tuesday.
However, Sons manager Stevie Farrell is well aware that a tough test lies in wait, with no margin for error if his team are to progress.
Having already been in the dugout as assistant manager when Sons held Dundee 0-0 in the Scottish Cup six years ago (Christian Nade pictured in action in that game), the gaffer is hopeful of giving them another good test.
The gaffer said: “Last week’s vital result has given us all a boost and that’s shown in training this week as we prepare for a tough test.
“It isn’t often we get the chance to challenge ourselves against a top-flight club and it’s an opportunity we’re keen to make the most of.
“But as tough as we know the challenge will be, we’re not going into it to make up the numbers. We want to give our Premiership opponents as good a test as we can.
“We must be competitive and on top of our game if we are to cause a shock result, and that is what I will be looking for.”
Ryan McGeever and Kristoffer Syvertsen will once again be absent through injury and Gregg Wylde is cup-tied after playing for East Kilbride in this season’s Scottish Cup.
Goalkeeper Kieran Wright also remains out, having pulled out of last week’s game with a last-minute injury.
A reminder that season tickets are not valid tomorrow, with the match being a cup tie. All supporters should purchase a ticket before the game.
If you haven’t yet got your ticket, they will be on sale at the Moreroom.com Stadium in person from 10am tomorrow. This applies to home fans only – Dundee fans should contact their own club regarding sales for the away end.
Although there is no longer a limit on crowd sizes for outdoor events in Scotland, other Covid protocols remain in place.
Supporters are asked to wear face coverings in indoor areas, except when seated in Bar 72, and encouraged to take a lateral flow test before arrival at the Moreroom.com Stadium.
If you can’t attend the stadium tomorrow, live streaming is available as per our previous story.
You can also take part in our 50/50 half time draw remotely – all details are here.
Colin Steven is the referee for tomorrow’s game, with assistance from Sean Carr and David McKniff.
If tomorrow’s game ends in a draw after 90 minutes, it will go to extra time and possibly a penalty shootout. Replays are not taking place in this season’s Scottish Cup from round four onwards.