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Striker says Ross County can rise to Livingston Scottish Cup challenge

By Andrew Henderson

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Jordan White believes Ross County have got one of the toughest draws possible in the Scottish Cup – but that will make it all the sweeter if they can progress to the next round.

Picture - Ken Macpherson. Ross County(3) v Motherwell(1). 18.01.22. Ross County's Jordan White gets away from Motherwell's Bevis Mugabi.
Picture - Ken Macpherson. Ross County(3) v Motherwell(1). 18.01.22. Ross County's Jordan White gets away from Motherwell's Bevis Mugabi.

The Staggies travel away to Livingston for the only all-Premiership tie of the fourth round, with both sides fresh off the back of league victories midweek.

For County in particular three points came in dramatic fashion, holding strong with 10 men to retake the lead against Motherwell.

With one former club already swept aside this week, then, White hopes to do the same against another at Livingston, although he knows just how tricky that will be.

“It’s going to be a tough game, I think it will be quite similar to Motherwell,” White reasoned.

“It’s not ideal, however we’ve really shown that we can stand up to that this season.

“That was maybe a problem last season, when things weren’t quite as pretty we didn’t stand up to it as well as we have this season.

“We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves though, we’ll just take one game at a time.

“First of all it’s going to be Livingston away, which is probably one of the toughest games that anybody could have got in this round.

“You look at the teams who have got lower league teams in this round and they’ll think they’ve got a chance, but that just makes it all the better and sweeter for us if we can get through and put out a Premiership team.”

County have only lost three games in their last 11, all of which came to the top three in the Premiership table, so there is no reason for them to fear Livingston.

That confidence should bode well for the second half of the campaign in general, in fact, but White is adamant they will not look too far ahead.

“After the first 10 or 20 minutes on Wednesday, we dealt with that well and got to grips with it,” he added.

“Especially in the second half we were back to our fluent best, and that showed. Now we want to look forward, not behind us.

“We’ve increased the gap again to the bottom, and we want to keep doing that. We’ll take one game at a time and never get ahead of ourselves.

“It’s a good spell we’re having, but we’re not going to get carried away. We’re going to keep working hard and doing the things that are working for us.”

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