Peterhead boss Jim McInally admits repeating the Blue Toon’s fine victory over Hearts in the League Cup back in 2017 will be a tall order after watching his squad ravaged by injury and suspension ahead of the Premier Sports Cup tie this afternoon.
Skipper Scott Brown and defender Jason Brown miss out through suspension, while the quartet of Andy McDonald, Andy McCarthy, Derek Lyle and Niah Payne have all been ruled out through injury – having picked up knocks during the midweek friendly with Broughty Athletic.
Gary Fraser remains out long term and player/ coach Simon Ferry has suffered a broken toe and is also a major doubt to leave Jim saying: “Our win four years ago was a great night for the club. It would be terrific to do something like again however it is far to say that our chances of doing that have taken a knock.”
“We look to use the Broughty game as part of our preparation and started with a formation that we intended to use. By the end of the game I had no idea what the team would be let alone the formation. It has not been the ideal build-up to a game against a big club who have just won their league and are preparing for life in the Premiership.”
“However we have a good spirit in the camp and we will pull together. Thankfully we have secured the services of Danny Strachan, Josh Mulligan and Lyall Cameron on-loan from Dundee and brought Russell McLean back to lead our attack and they will all play a part.”
“We will do everything we can to get the season off to a positive start.”
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