Raith Rovers boss John McGlynn thinks drawing Celtic away in the Scottish Cup after already facing them at Parkhead in the League Cup is “spectacular” for the Kirkcaldy side financially – although he admits he’d have preferred to have welcomed Ange Postecoglou’s side to Stark’s Park.

After seeing off Banks O’ Dee in the last round, Rovers head to Celtic Park for the second time this season and McGlynn hopes they can catch Celtic on a rare off day.

Celtic FC v Raith Rovers - Premier Sports Cup: Quarter-Final
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“For the football club to go to Parkhead twice in the same season is spectacular for us financially,” McGlynn said.

“We had a really good game with them there in the League Cup and we look forward to going back.

“That said, the draw hasn’t been that kind to us all the way through.

“We were away at Falkirk first of all, away to Banks O’ Dee, now another away one.

“We’ve not had a home tie and I think a home draw against Celtic would have given us a better chance.

“When you go through there and there’s 40 or 50 thousand behind them and they’re on that bigger pitch, that’s one or two things going for them, but we need to be ready for that when it comes around.

“It’s certainly one to look forward to and we’ll go there and try to make it difficult for them a possible.

“Hopefully we will catch them on an off day and if we do everything right, our goalkeeper has a great game, we take a wee chance here and there, you never know.”

With a Scottish Cup tie to look forward to next month, McGlynn will be hoping to turn Raith’s faltering league form around.

The Fifers face Morton, Queen of the South and Hamilton before taking on Celtic as they look to push for a playoff place at the end of the season.

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