ELVIS HAS THE x-Factor

Steven Pressley is looking forward to the Hampden clash. Picture: TSPL
Steven Pressley is looking forward to the Hampden clash. Picture: TSPL
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u A CUP CLEAN sweep over Steven Pressley’s ex-clubs can be completed on Sunday.

In just under two years as Falkirk boss the Bairns gaffer has dismissed Hearts, Rangers, and Dundee United from the League Cup competition.

This year, in the Communities League Cup, the final piece in a remarkable jigsaw can be completed, and Elvis has been doing his homework to see off former team-mate Neil Lennon, after doing the same to old Ibrox colleague Ally McCoist.

“We had a gameplan against Rangers and we do have a gameplan, I watched them and had an idea of how we would play, but then saw them again and changed my mind.

“We’ve gone to a system where I hope we’ll get a result. We will work on it all this week and I hope we do ourselves justice because the players deserve to showcase their talents in the final.

“It would be nice to do the clean sweep over all my former clubs and it would be a wonderful achievement not for me - but the players - to beat three top class SPL outfits.

“They’re such a young team, but it’s not beyond them. If we get everything right on the day, then we maybe can cause that upset.”

Since seeing off then league leaders Rangers, Celtic have surged to the top of the SPL giving Falkirk another chance to de-throne the team at the top in Scotland. That marked improvement from the Hoops far from fazes Pressley - because he sees the same mark-up in his own team.

“Celtic are in terrific form, but when the draw was made they were going through a difficult period and not getting positive wins at that time, but since then they’ve gone 12 straight wins and shown incredible form - but we’re a better team than when the draw was made too. We’ve improved.

“There’s a great belief in the group and a real trust in the way we’re playing, and that’s why we have a real chance I believe.

“I’ve nearly decided on the team. Bar one or two positions I’m very clear of the personnel, and I trust all the players at this club, and any decision I make will not be a reflection on the player, it’ll be solely for tactical reasons, and that’s the decision that a manager must make.

“We’ve been very luck with our settled eleven, its allowed us to perform to a consistent level. We’re unbeaten in eight games, and only lost the games before that with teams that were chop-and-change.

“There’s apprehension in the group - you can sense they know it’s a big week but we’ve told them to enjoy it because weeks like this don’t come round very often, and they’ve got to enjoy it.

“But they are capable of winning, I believe that too. I’m excited about Sunday and the team is too.”