First Team

Craig: Tricky tie awaits

30th July 2018

Craig Levein knows Betfred Cup round of 16 tie against Dunfermline will be difficult, but insists Jambos will be focused on making next round

Craig Levein has warned his players that they face a tough test against Dunfermline Athletic in the Betfred Cup round of 16.

The high-flying Jambos stuck five past Inverness CT yesterday to top the group and set up the knockout stage tie at East End Park.

The two sides met as recently as last year – in the same competition – with the Pars securing a draw in Gorgie and a penalty shootout win.

Craig knows his side will have to be at their best to make it through to the next round but he insists that, when the time comes, his team will be fully focused on progressing past Allan Johnston’s outfit.

Speaking to HeartsTV, he said: “Of course, it’ll be a tricky tie. They’re flying. They’ve won all of their matches in the Betfred Cup so far.

“They’re seeded and we’ve got to go away from home.

“Dunfermline, historically, has always been quite a difficult place to go.

“We played them last year in this competition and we drew but we ended up losing on penalties, so all the warnings are there.

“We just have to be focused and make sure that we do everything we can to get through.”