Welcome Gaffer, we face Atletico Cubanos in the first knock-out round of The Manager Cup tomorrow. Our record against The Cubans is excellent and the pundits make us big favourites to progress. Has this effected your preparations?
"I'd be lying if I said it hasn't. We've just come off the back of a very hard game against Partick and an awkward game against Sorukoviso so it will give me the opportunity to put the depth of our squad to good use. However, that doesn't mean I'll be fielding a weak line-up, far from it. We have a bad habit of under-performing against supposedly weaker teams so I need to ensure that we safely negotiate this potential banana skin. Simply put, it is a game we must win."
I'm sure that Bears everywhere will be glad to hear that, Gaffer. The team has made a good start to the second phase of our league campaign.
"Aye, three wins from three is an excellent return. I'm pleased with that but we still have a very difficult task ahead of us to overtake Partick. The Jags just keep winning. Their league form has been awesome."
Yes indeed, Gaffer. Partick were eight points better than us against all the other clubs during the first half of the league campaign.
"Aye, that depresses me. I don't think we're a poorer team than Partick by eight points. We had some terrible luck during that first half of the campaign and I'm desperately hoping that it doesn't repeat during the second half."
I'm sure all the Bears will echo these sentiments, Gaffer.
Till next time................Good Luck to The Gers in their cup match tomorrow!