Dunfermline manager Stevie Crawford knows Callum Davidson very well – but friendship will be put to one side at East End Park tonight.

The Pars face St Johnstone in a League Cup quarter-final, a place at Hampden in the last four awaiting the victor. Standing between Dunfermline and the national stadium is a team managed by former Pars assistant, Davidson.

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Davidson faces his old side tonight. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Crawford brought the current Saints boss to Fife at the start of his East End Park reign and the pair have spoken recently: “Callum will focus on his team and likewise I have got to fully focus on the job in hand with Dunfermline.

“I know Callum, I have played against him over the years. He obviously came in and helped us out here when he was in between jobs. He was great to bounce things off in the early parts of my management career here.


“I did my pro license with him and I always thought that Callum was destined to be a manager. It will be good to go head to head but we will both be looking for a response having faced defeat at the weekend.

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Meeting an old freind. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group via Getty Images)

“We do keep in touch, but people say that about my relationship with Robbie (Neilson). When you go into management there is that much time these days that goes into other things so it is very difficult other than if you are talking about players or maybe opposition that you are coming up against.

“I have had a few conversations with Callum since he came into his current role in the summer there. He is a very humble guy Callum. He is a hard worker, he was as a player and when I watched his team performing at Celtic Park last week, they were very well organised. It is going to be a big challenge for us to face on Tuesday but one we are hopeful we can win.”

Crawford says it will be a great occasion as each side aim to make the semi-finals: “Our objective at the start of tournament was to get out of the group stages. Having won the group itself you then go into the seeded section and we went up and faced Arbroath in the last round.

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A big match awaits. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“It was a very tough game but we came away with a very good victory. I went to Parkhead last week and watched St Johnstone play Celtic and I thought that they were excellent on the day.

“They have been on a fantastic run of form themselves, and like ourselves, faced defeat at the weekend. They will be disappointed that run has come to an end but hopefully it will make for a good cup tie with a chance to get to the semi final.”

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