SPARTANS co-manager Mickey Lawson has heaped the pressure on Airdrie United ahead of tomorrow's fourth-round tie by claiming they already feel that their latest Scottish Cup run is over.
The East of Scotland side are in relaxed mood for the trip to New Broomfield even though the incentive exists to seal a fifth-round place for the first time in the club's history.
Lawson and joint-manager Sam Lynch have again enjoyed success in the cup this year, beating Pollok, Annan Athletic and Elgin City, to emulate the team's run to the fourth round in 2004 and 2006.
But Lawson admits he feels lucky to still be in the competition considering they were initially knocked out at Elgin, before winning an SFA-ordered replay after City were found to have fielded an ineligible player. Spartans, however, also had an unregistered player in the first match, resulting in a 2,500 fine earlier this week, and Lawson knows they are fortunate to be having a chance to defeat Airdrie. He said: "We've had our cup run. To still be in the cup after losing to Elgin and then being reinstated it's unbelievable. But whatever has happened it's January and Spartans are still in the Scottish Cup and that's fantastic. We've had a great time and we'll now enjoy another day. Come Saturday all the pressure is on them."