As games will come this season there won’t be many tougher than facing the league leaders on their own patch but that’s the exactly what lies ahead for Ray McKinnon’s side at the Balmoral Stadium on Saturday. McKinnon’s men head north high in confidence buoyed by last weekend’s home win over Elgin which moved us into a play-off and that’s a spot that Queen’s will fight tooth and nail to retain over the remaining months of the season.

Our opponents sit comfortable clear in pole position and go into the match on the back of a huge win over second placed Edinburgh City at home a week ago.

Ahead of the match Ray McKinnon spoke to the club media team and previewing the clash, he said: “We know this game is likely to be as tough as they come, Cove are top, and they are there for a reason. They have a very strong squad a strengthened that further during the January with the additions of Watson and McAllister to bolster their front line.

“That said, we are going their high in confidence and we’re going with the focus on winning the game. We know how difficult that will be, but we also know that we are capable of doing just that. The entire squad had worked extremely hard over the last six league matches and results have been testament to that.

“Last week’s win moved us into a play-off spot, and everyone was delighted with that. The challenge now is to try and maintain that and build on the momentum of recent results, starting tomorrow.

“We have three huge matches over the next week, two of those away from home, and we will do what we can to take as many points as possible from them. It’s important we remain focussed and don’t take out eye off the ball by looking beyond the next match, and that’s something we’ve done in recent weeks.

“I’m delighted that we’ll have Craig Slater back in the squad for tomorrow, that’s a huge boost for us after he came through Thursday night’s training session unscathed. Whether or not he starts has still to be decided but having him available again is pleasing. We also have Calvin McGrory full fit again and back in the squad for tomorrow having been out for a number of weeks.”

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The opposition: Paul Hartley’s have occupied top spot in League Two almost all season and are currently six points ahead of second placed Edinburgh City, and 20 points ahead of third placed Cowdenbeath. Cove hold the upper hand in meetings of the teams this season having taken maximum points from both games, and go into this match on the back of an impressive victory over Edinburgh City at the Balmoral Stadium a week ago.

Head to head: Played 2; Queen’s Park 0; Draw 0; Cove Rangers 6. Scored – Queen’s Park 1; Cove Rangers 1.

Previous meetings this season: 31/09/2020 Cover Rangers 3-0 Queen’s Park; 21/12/2019 Queen’s Park 1-3 Cove Rangers.

Last matches: 15/02/2020 Queen’s Park 2-0 Elgin City; Cove Rangers 2-1 Edinburgh City.

Recent form (all competitions): Queen’s Park WLDWWW; Cove Rangers WWWDLW.

Top scorers (all competitions): Queen’s Park – Salim Kouider-Aïssa (16); Cove Rangers – Mitchel Megginson (21).

Match officials: Referee – Chris Fordyce; Assistant Referees – David Doig and Ross Clark.

Admission: Adults £12; Children and Senior Citizens £6 (Additional £2 into the stand seats subject to availability).

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QPTV: Post match reaction from the manager and a player will be available shortly after the game. Match highlights to follow on Sunday on our YouTube channel.

Other League Two matches: Annan Athletic v Albion Rovers; Edinburgh City v Brechin City; Elgin City v Cowdenbeath; Stirling Albion v Stenhousemuir.

Next match: 29/02/2019 v Annan Athletic at Hampden. Kick off 3.00pm.