With there being just two all-Premiership ties in the Scottish Cup this weekend, the tie of the round seems to be going under the radar somewhat.
There’s a Fife derby to contest with League One Raith Rovers hosting Championship side Dunfermline Athletic at Stark’s Park. With contrasting fortunes in their league seasons, Rovers are just five league places behind the Pars in the Scottish football pyramid. All that goes out the window with Scottish Cup progression at stake.
Promotion-chasing Raith are second in League One behind runaway leaders Arbroath. John McGlynn’s side have a 13 point gap to make up on the Red Lichties, the Fifers handing them their only loss in the league so far.
As for seventh placed Championship side Dunfermline, now under Stevie Crawford, they’re in fact closer to the promotion places than they are to the relegation playoff place. What will please the fans is that it’s currently occupied by another rival in the shape of Falkirk.
Having first met nearly 130 years ago, coincidentally in the Scottish Cup, Dunfermline hold the advantage in the head-to-head meetings.
But having not got home advantage and the fact that this is a derby, anything could happen. Raith may have bigger fish to fry in order to get back into the second tier but there’s nothing like a derby victory is there?
Both sides will want to advance for the sake of the fans. Stark’s Park ought to be rocking, regardless of the result.