Pressley says that Bairns are up for the cup

The Campbell clan of Forfar Athletic met up with Falkirk's Fulton contingent to promote this Saturday's Scottish Cup tie between the two sides.
The Campbell clan of Forfar Athletic met up with Falkirk's Fulton contingent to promote this Saturday's Scottish Cup tie between the two sides.
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The importance of a cup run is not lost on Steven Pressley.

The Bairns boss leads his side into Saturday’s match with Forfar Athletic with a full squad to choose from, save for Craig Sibbald who continues to build fitness after a run of ankle knocks.

Progressing in the cup is vitally important for Falkirk in light of yesterday’s quiet deadline day, by which point the Bairns had planned on selling off some of the family silver.

However prize assets Michael McGovern, Jay Fulton, Kieran Duffie and Lyle Taylor are still representing the navy blues - and so is their boss who would also have commanded the necessary compensation fee had he moved to Dundee United this week.

Chairman Martin Ritchie told The Falkirk Herald a cup run was important financially, but for Bairns boss Pressley, it’s having something to look forward to in the latter stages of the season that is important.

“A cup run would give everyone a lift,” he told The Falkirk Herald.

“It would provide an alternative to the league in the latter part of the season and of course everyone would enjoy another trip to Hampden like the one we had a year ago.

“It is important to have a cup run financially for the club, but it has real benefits for the competitive side of the cub too, and gives fans and players something to look forward to.

“Forfar is not going to be easy - just look at the results last weekend in the English FA cup, that serves a warning tithe players there are shocks that happen every year. They have taken that on board and are well aware of how important it is to do well on Saturday.”

The week has been full of Falkirk focus with Dundee United courting the Team manager before opting for former Bairns defender Jackie McNamara. Pressley would have commanded a compensation fee to the Bairns had he moved to Tannadice, and that would have proven a welcome boost to the Bairns coffers. Chairman Martin Ritchie told the club’s shareholders at last year’s AGM January would be a selling month in order to keep the club cashflow ticking over until two concerts and season tickets sales come in the summer.

But without the anticipated interest in the Falkirk first team, and the manager remaining in situ, Mr Ritchie echoed Pressley’s statement on the importance of the cup.

“The mark Stewart tribunal outcome is still unclear and we won’t know the outcome until after the transfer window has closed, the manager is staying with the club and as I Have said previously the club is delighted with the news but we now must look to the financial rewards of a cup run.

“We are two steps away from another trip to Hampden. We were there a year ago and it was an enjoyable day if not result and we must look to getting back there.”

That journey continues on Saturday after the Bairns set-up a family affair with Forfar by beating Stenhousemuir 1-0 at Ochilview in December. Dad Dick Campbell will send his sons Ross and Iain out against the Fulton brothers DaLe and Jay, while club coach father Stevie watches on from the stand. Stevie Fulton won the cup with Hearts in 1998.