Scott Stewart is dreaming big of a Scottish Cup shock against Premiership side Hibs when Arbroath host the Edinburgh giants at Gayfield Park tomorrow lunchtime.
The 25-year-old midfielder knows for that to happen, Dick Campbell’s men would need to be on top of their game and hope Shaun Maloney’s side weren’t on it, but also says it’s a one-off game, so who knows.
Arbroath have an impressive record at Gayfield and are riding high at the top of the Championship table.
And Scott, who is the son of former Hearts and Airdrie legend Sandy Stewart, says anything is possible.
The Rutherglen man, who is a PE teacher at the town’s Trinity High, said: “I’m looking forward to it, the whole club are.
“The Scottish Cup is good, you get the chance to play against a good side in the league above, so it’s a good chance to test ourselves.
“We know it’s going to be tough, but we have a good record at home. It’s something to look forward to by everyone from the club and it’s that bit away from the league fixtures.
“You can always gauge how you are doing. It’s a cup game, you can see where you are in relation to teams from the league above, but it’s a one-off game so it can be a wee bit false at times.
“It’s a chance for us to go and test ourselves against a team in the Premiership.
“Winning it would be great for the club, a big scalp in going and beating Hibs. It would be good, but we know we need to put in a good performance and hope that Hibs have an off-day.
“If we were to go and win it, it would be great.”
Arbroath prepared for the game with a 2-2 draw at home to Hamilton Accies on Wednesday night, and Stewart says grabbing a point at the death proved how good a side they are.
Stewart says it’s important to take something from a game when you’re not at your best, and it opened up a gap over second-placed Kilmarnock.
Dan O’Reilly opened the scoring for Accies in 25 minutes, with Nicky Low leveling from the spot 13 minutes later.
Andy Ryan had Accies looking like taking full points with a strike on the stroke of half-time, but a Michael McKenna penalty in stoppage time rescued a point for the Red Lichties.
Stewart said: “It was a tough game, to be honest, and we probably weren’t at our best, compared to how we played against Kilmarnock on the Friday before [1-0 win]when we were really good.
“We weren’t at our best and Hamilton were good on Wednesday, but obviously the way the result went and managing to score in the last minute, it worked out well for us.
“It’s showing that other side of our game, that if we’re not at our best we can still get results, and it has extended that lead on second place to five points now.
“But we’ll be looking for a better performance as a team on Sunday, because we’ll need to, that’s for sure!”
Kick-off for the Scottish Cup fifth round clash is at 12.30pm on Sunday.
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