Cove Rangers boss Paul Hartley has admitted that this weekend’s Scottish Cup clash with Rangers will be the biggest game in the careers of some of his players – but insists his main focus is Tuesday’s League One clash with Clyde as they chase promotion to the Championship.

Rangers welcome the minnows to Ibrox on Sunday night but Hartley’s part-timers are in the midst of a hectic run of games following the temporary shutdown of most of Scottish football.

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Cove Rangers Fraser Fyvie, manager Paul Hartley and Mitch Megginson arm up ahead of the Scottish Cup tie between Alloa Athletic and Cove Rangers (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

With a trip to Glasgow on Sunday, Hartley’s side are back in the central belt on Tuesday for the Broadwood clash with Clyde and Hartley’s team on Sunday will be picked with one eye on Danny Lennon’s Bully Wee.

“It is part and parcel of being a manager,” Hartley confessed [The Scotsman].

“Some players will be fine with it but I have tried to explain all along that we have not seen a schedule like this before. I have told them they will play one week but might not feature the following week.


“There is no point picking players after going flat out for 90 minutes and I can’t get anything out of them on Tuesday night.

“It is about trying to pick a team that will compete, but will also have one eye on Tuesday, which is the most important thing for us.”

Cove currently sit second in League One, four points behind leaders Falkirk and beat ex-Ger Ian Murray’s Airdrie 2-0 on Tuesday night to put pressure on the Bairns.

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Rangers are set to welcome Cove Rangers to Ibrox for a behind closed doors Scottish Cup fixture and the visitors have made a plea on social media in advance of the tie. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Former Celtic midfielder Hartley will have one or two players who have featured at Ibrox before but there won’t be many willing to give up their big day for an increased chance at starting v Clyde 48 hours later.

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