COWDENBEATH are ready for a tough test in the Scottish Cup as they prepare to face Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Calum Elliot will take his team to the Highlands on Saturday looking to cause a Third Round shock.

They travel with confidence after ending a winless run in convincing fashion against Lanark United at the weekend with a comfortable 6-0 victory.

Elliot is hoping to have a strong squad to utilise for the tie, with only a few injuries and the suspension of Andy Rodden to contend with.

Jack Duncan and Dylan Duncan remain out on the sidelines, but new recruit Greg MacPherson, 27, will be in the squad after joining from Linlithgow Rose.

Cowdenbeath's boss was pleased with his team's performance at the weekend, and is boosted by the return to fitness of some of his key players.

He commented: "After a very even opening to the game, the lads started to create some good openings and our finishing was very good.

“With Josh Jack fit and back in the team, he put away a couple of excellent goals, and generally played really well, as did the whole team, with them scoring goals and keeping a clean sheet.

“It is pleasing to get through to the last 16 of this competition, and now we are looking forward to Saturday’s big tie.”

He added: “We know that Caley Thistle have some very good players, and that it will be a tough task for us, but the lads are eager to pit their skills against a Championship side.

“In the Viaplay Cup we played against Premier, Championship, and League One opposition, drawing with Arbroath and Montrose, and lost by single goals to St Mirren, and Forfar Athletic, and did not disgrace ourselves in any of the matches.

“It is a tremendous opportunity for the boys to show what they can do against this sort of quality opposition.”