Falkirk boss David McCracken has opened up on his delight at securing a money-spinning Scottish Cup tie with Hearts after beating Arbroath 2-0.

Goals from Declan McManus and Connor Sammon sealed the Bairns’ place in the next round and maintained Cracks’ and Lee Miller’s unbeaten start in charge.

Falkirk players celebrate Declan McManus' goal in the 2-0 win over Arbroath

(Photo by Falkirk FC)

On a soaking wet night at the Falkirk Stadium, the Bairns were the better side for long spells and McCracken is looking forward to putting his side up against Premiership opposition.

“That was the big incentive for both teams before the game,” McCracken said after his side’s victory.

“We had to keep the boys concentrating on tonight and make sure they deal what is infront of them rather than ahead, but now that’s done we can absolutely start preparing for that.

“Before we even get to that though, our main focus is on Saturday’s game.”

Falkirk will welcome Daniel Stendel’s side to Westfield a week on Saturday with the game being broadcast live on BBC Scotland, earning a few more pounds for the League One title hopefuls.

Miller and McCraken pose after their hiring as manager's of Falkirk (Falkirk FC).

With Hearts enduring a woeful time of it until recently, the Bairns may have hit the worst time to come up against them after wins over Airdrie and Rangers in recent weeks.

The Bairns travel to Stranraer on Saturday looking to keep the pressure up on League One leaders Raith Rovers and will be hoping to keep up their impressive record against Stranraer.

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