Christie looks past Arbroath

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Second Division Stenhousemuir take on Arbroath in the first round of the Tennent's Scottish Cup today hoping to embark upon another campaign of giantkilling.

A year ago they knocked out Aberdeen and St Johnstone on their way to the quarter-finals. And this season have already won the Challenge Cup. However, as their manager, Terry Christie, recognises last year's success puts pressure on them. "But we are looking forward to the competition and hope to create a good impression," he said.

Although at full-strength, Stenhousemuir have a difficult opener. Arbroath have strengthened their squad from last year with John Crawford, Steve Florence and Steve McCormick.

Glasgow University and Spartans, have fought through qualifying sections to reach this stage. The Spartans manager, Sam Lynch, said: "Both of us want to progress and meet East Fife in the next round."

Stranraer wait on the fitness of Steve Kerrigan and Darren Henderson as they meet Third Division leaders Livingston, who will be without their Barbadian keeper Horace Stout.

Albion's game against Deveronvale is postponed because of a frozen pitch.