Scottish Cup: Albion Rovers set victory target against Rangers next month
Albion Rovers chairman John Devlin is refusing to rule out a Scottish Cup shock against Rangers at Ibrox next month.
Last Updated: 10/02/14 2:03pm
Rovers, currently lying seventh in Scottish League Two, reached the latter stages for the first time since 1934 with a 2-0 victory over League One Stenhousemuir last Saturday.
The win followed a shock 1-0 success over Premiership side Motherwell in the previous round and Devlin is hopeful their cup run, and luck, can continue at Ibrox next month.
"I am very pleased with the draw, although I would have preferred it here at Cliftonhill given the choice," he told Sky Sports News.
"Financially, we'll do very well from this draw but we are focusing on the football side of things, first and foremost.
"We are in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup for the first time in 80 years and that is a major achievement for a club of our size and stature.
"We are very much looking forward to competing with Rangers and we are still in the mix for a play-off spot in League Two. So as we go into March, we are going to be fighting on two fronts.
"It's unusual for us to find ourselves in that position at this time of year but it's one we are delighted to be in."
Meanwhile, rival boss Ally McCoist insists his Rangers side are not the favourites to lift the trophy at Celtic Park in May.
Despite having a home tie against Albion, with an Ibrox semi-final the prize on offer, McCoist believes Aberdeen are most people's idea of the winners this year.
"Some bookies might have us as favourites now as is their right, but I wouldn't go that far," said McCoist.
"I'm not trying to play any mind games when I say this but I think Aberdeen and Dundee United will, in a lot of people's eyes, still have a slightly better chance.
"I counted us in the next band after Celtic and I still do. I don't think there's an awful lot between a lot of the teams there.
"But United beat St Mirren 2-1 and I watched St Johnstone three weeks ago when they beat Partick 1-0 and they weren't looking bad at all.
"You've got to say they had a fantastic result at Forfar and a lot of people would have been looking at that as a really tough fixture.
"We're in the mix but when you consider the other teams in there, I still don't think we're favourites to win the competition. I genuinely don't.
"You'd have to say Aberdeen, having knocked the holders and the champions out, would probably be most people's favourites now."
And the nation's bookmakers take McCoist's view with all making Aberdeen - some as short as 9/4 - clear favourites to win their first Scottish Cup since 1990.