After our midweek cup dramas, the Spiders are heading to Glebe Park for the first time in more than seven years for our next outing – against a Brechin City side who have started the season in strong fashion.

Gus MacPherson’s men go into the game with a positive mindset after making it through to the third round of the Irn-Bru Cup, eventually seeing off Partick Thistle Colts 6-5 on penalties.

Ahead of the Brechin clash we caught up with Gus to get his thoughts on that match, as well as to preview this weekend’s return to league action.

Reflecting on the Thistle match Gus said: “The main thing for us is that we’re through to the next round. Those who saw the game will know that it was nowhere near our best performance.

“We did make a number of changes to the starting XI, and it was a hard fought game against a good young Thistle side. It’s very pleasing to be in the next round, and our reward is a tie against Championship side Morton. I’m happy that it’s a home draw for us and it’s a game that the players will very much look forward to.”

Turning his attention to what will undoubtedly be a difficult game at Glebe Park, the Gaffer said: “Brechin have started the season very well, similar to how they finished last season. I’ve no doubt that it will be an extremely tough game. They have been performing consistently from January of this year and that has seen them pick up a lot of positive results.

“Having said that, we go in to the game in a positive frame of mind, knowing that if we compete at our best, we can take something from the game.”

Gus has no fresh injury concerns going into the game and hinted that there may be more moves in the pipeline. He said: “There may well be the possibility of adding to the squad if the right players become available to us. We have made contact with a number of clubs with regard to loan deals and we will find out over the coming weeks whether there will be any progress with these inquiries.”

Stats Life

The opposition: Brechin currently sit third in League One, one of only three clubs to have picked up maximum points from their opening two games. They opened their league campaign with a 2-1 home win over Stenhousemuir a fortnight ago and followed this with a 2-0 win against Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill last Saturday.

Head to head: Played 101; Queen’s Park 33; Draw 24; Brechin City 44.

Last meeting of the sides: Brechin City 2-0 Queen’s Park, Saturday, April 4, 2009. The QP team that day was: A. Cowie, M. Ure, B. Douglas, R. Sinclair, S. Reilly (J. Brough), J. Neill, P. Harkins, P. Cairney, S. Nicholas, D. Murray (R. Holms), R. Dunlop (I. Watt).

Current form: Queen’s Park: LLWLWD; Brechin City: LWLWWW.

Match officials: Referee – Mike Ronconne. Assistants – Graeme Leslie and Kyle Hall.

Admission prices: Adults £13; Concession (over 65 & under 18) £7; Parent & child £16.

Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC.

Other League 1 fixtures: Airdrieonians v Stranraer; Alloa Athletic v East Fife; Livingston v Stenhousemuir; Peterhead v Albion Rovers.

Next match: v Livingston at Hampden on Saturday 27th August. Kick off 3.00pm.