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Peter Houston leads Falkirk into today's semi-final
Peter Houston leads Falkirk into today's semi-final
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The hopes of a town rest on Peter Houston’s team selection this weekend – and he’s NOT ruling Rory Loy out.

The striker has been missing for more than a month but was undergoing light training and fitness work in the swimming pool this week to try to be fit for Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibs at Hampden.

With John Baird cup-tied Houston might be forced to turn to a rookie striker like Botti Biabi, Taylor Morgan or Kevin O’Hara but he is staying calm over his striking options.

“We’ve got Botti, who is back from mumps. We’ve got Taylor Morgan and young Kevin O’Hara, who could’ve scored a hat-trick on Sunday.

“We have the options but they’re young and it’s a big ask.”

The boss lamented Loy’s absence on Sunday’s defeat to QoS but added: “All I’ve got to get clear in my head is if Rory is not fit enough to play any of the game, then what one, or what two, do I start with?

“Falkirk are at our best when we attack and that’s what we’ll be looking to do – we won’t be holding out for extra-time or penalties – we’re going to Hampden to try to score goals.”

It won’t matter where they come from either and Houston gave a nod back to the previous semi-final meeting two years ago – “if we take a 3-0 lead I think we’ll hang on this time!

“This club hasn’t won the cup since before I was born.

“I was in the town hall as a Falkirk player when we got promoted, so I know what it would mean to older fans to have the cup back in town.”