DEVERONVALE assistant manager Craig Stewart has said the Scottish Cup is a big deal for the club – on and off the pitch – ahead of Saturday’s home tie against Camelon Juniors.
Vale go into the second qualifying round match against their East of Scotland League opponents after a 1-1 draw at Christie Park against Huntly on Saturday, while the visitors – who sit sixth in their league – won 6-2 against Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts.
Stewart hopes the players, who are still not receiving any wage, are motivated by the chance to progress and play against full-time footballers in future rounds.
He said: “The Scottish Cup is huge financially and it should be huge for the players.
“I always loved playing in the competition and had great experiences in the Scottish Cup.
“The players need to get that buzz. There is a chance to progress and play teams at a higher level, and that has to be the goal.
“We don’t know too much about Camelon but we will have some sort of report. They may well be a junior side but that doesn’t mean anything. Junior sides from down there are always well-organised, physically strong and sprinkled with players who have played at a higher level.
“We are not favourites by any means. I think it will be quite an even game. But we have to get the players up for it and they have to enjoy the glory of the Scottish Cup.”
There will be one big miss for Vale on Saturday – the fans.
Stewart added: “It’s a shame for the supporters that they can’t be there. They do turn up for the Scottish Cup, they’re more vocal and get together to get behind the team. The team value that and it’s a shame we won’t have that 12th man.”