Craig's Cup Caution

ABERDEEN manager Craig Brown is fully aware of the threat posed by East Fife from his days as Scotland boss.

Brown has seen at close hand the damage East Fife trio John Robertson, Gordon Durie and Stevie Crawford can cause. Robertson and Durie are now on the coaching staff at East Fife, who visit Pittodrie in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday, with Crawford leading the line up front.

"I'm used to being in the position of John Robertson and I know how his mind will be working," said Brown.

"I know the psyche in the other dressing room. I know what they'll be saying."

Robertson, Durie and Crawford were all capped by Brown for Scotland.

He added: "These guys are excellent in terms of football knowledge.

"I've got great regard for them. They scored goals for Scotland when I was in charge of the team.

"I know their capability on the pitch and I'm really just glad Robbo and Gordon Durie aren't playing.

"But Stevie Crawford will have to be watched. Although he's getting on a bit, he's still very capable if they put the ball in the box.

"He's got a terrific pedigree for scoring goals."

Source: PA

Source: PA