Montrose may have “free hit” but they will be doing all they can to beat Queen of the South

© SuppliedStewart Petrie.
Stewart Petrie.

Montrose may have what manager Stewart Petrie calls a “free hit” in the cup but ner stressed they will be going all out to get through.

The Gable Endies hope to do League Two proud when they welcome Championship side Queen of the South to Links Park this afternoon.

Montrose will certainly receive respect from the Dumfries side, having gone unbeaten in the league since September 23 and only losing in the Irn-Bru Cup to the Doonhamers in extra-time after leading until three minutes from the end of the regulation 90.

Petrie said: “You could say that we have something of a free hit in this game because Queen of the South are a Championship side but we will still doing all we can to try to win the game.

“There is usually at least one cup shock at this stage of the competition so maybe we can be involved in that. It would be nice.

“We know, though, that they are a really good side because we played them just a few weeks ago.

“So we are under no illusions as to just how tough it will be to get through to the next round.

“Mind you, if you do get through then that’s the time when you get all the big guns coming in so that would be exciting.

“We are going well in the league and did well against Queens the last time so we are in decent shape for this one.”

Petrie revealed that defender Michael Bolochowekyj is being sent out on loan to East Stirling, with the plan being that he will return to Links Park match fit and ready to get back into the Montrose first team in the new year.