bollan confident of victory

New Forfar Athletic boss, Gary Bollan, genuinely believes his side can progress to the Scottish Cup fifth round on Saturday.

The Loons face East Region Super League side Linlithgow Rose at Prestonfield Park in the Fourth Round with a place in the last 16 of the competition up for grabs for the winning side.

Bollan said: “The game against Linlithgow is no different to any other game because we want to win. We have to make sure that when the game is finished then we are the team that is in the hat for the next round of the Scottish Cup.

“We went and watched them so we know what sort of side to expect and we’re just going to go there to try and win the game.

“Obviously we will be going into the game as favourites so all the pressure will be on us but it’s up to ourselves to handle the pressure and make sure we do things right and be professional and I’m sure if we do that then there’s a good possibility that we will be in the next round.”

Saturday’s game will be the manager’s second game in charge of the side and one he is looking forward to.

“I’ve settled in well at the club in my short time here. I’ve had a few training sessions with the boys now so I’m getting to know them and how we play and obviously I was in charge for the game against Dunfermline and there were some positives in that game for sure so I’m just looking forward to our next game against Linlithgow Rose on Saturday.”

But Forfar haven’t had the best of preparations for their crucial cup tie with the highly anticipated New Year clash against Brechin City being called off due to a waterlogged Glebe Park pitch.

“Obviously the local derbies against Brechin are some of the biggest games of the season for the players, the fans and everyone involved with the club so for the game to be called off it was a big disappointment.

“All of the players had been training hard throughout the week and were looking forward to Saturday so they were disappointed too but now we’ve got another few days of hard training before the cup tie this coming Saturday.”

With the January transfer now open Bollan isn’t ruling out doing any business that may see some fresh faces arrive at Station Park.

“It’s a possibility that we’ll bring some new faces in during the transfer window and we’re always looking for ways to freshen the team up so there might be some activity but we shall just wait and see what happens over the coming weeks.”