Thorn Athletic head coach Johnny McEwan has described tomorrow's Scottish Amateur Cup clash with Langlee Amateurs as the Johnstone team's biggest game of the season.

McEwan's men will welcome the Border Amateur Football League outfit to the Thorn Athletic Sports Academy for a third round tie.

Both teams have had disrupted league campaigns due to cup commitments and adverse weather conditions.

Thorn come into the match off the back of a 2-1 friendly win over Vale of Clyde in Coatbridge last Saturday, after the postponement of a Caledonian Premier League fixture against Glasgow University.

Two goals from Connar McGregor earned victory for Thorn but McEwan is fully aware the stakes will be much higher in tomorrow’s contest, which kicks off at 3pm.

He told Gazette Sport: “This is our biggest game of the season so far and going on a run in the Scottish Cup would give everyone a lift.

"It wasn't ideal the game being off last week but the weather was horrendous and we did eventually manage to get a run-out for some of the squad.

"The focus is now firmly on getting through to the fourth round of the cup."

Langlee already have some silverware to show off this season, having won the Borders Cup last weekend with a 2-0 victory over Greenlaw, courtesy of a brace from star striker Des Sutherland, who made it seven goals in his last three outings in the process.

McEwan added: “We don't know much about Langlee but they seem to be in very good form, as their recent cup win would suggest, so they are going to be dangerous opponents.

"We will have to be right on it in order to get through.”

McEwan will have to do some reshuffling to his line-up, as Dean Scott is suspended and Ross Horne, Dylan Blair, Andy Collins, Paul Jamieson and George Mavezah are all injured.

Meanwhile, Thorn captain Ryan Crawford was selected for the Scotland Amateur National Squad after a string of impressive displays in the heart of the Johnstone team's midfield.

He played in a Scottish select match at Dalziel Park on Sunday.

Crawford said: "It was great to be included again and it was a good, competitive match.

"I've been involved in several squads before and it gives you and everyone involved a boost.

“Hopefully I can continue my involvement, as it's good for both myself and Thorn Athletic.”