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Smith wary of former Diamonds in Stenny side


Airdrie striker Callum Smith admits they will be very wary of Stenhousem­uir in Saturday’s Scottish Cup third round clash with a number of ex-diamonds lining up for their opponents.

Former Airdrie skipper Sean Crighton moved to Ochilview from New Broomfield in the summer and he will be reunited with his old side this weekend, along with Nat Wedderburn and Euan O’reilly.

Ian Murray’s men will go in as favourites against the League Two outfit, who currently sit in mid-table in their division and have won five of their last six games

But Smith is taking nothing for granted ahead of facing his old pals.

He said: “Sean was a great player for us, he was our captain, he always helped out with the training and the coaching so all the boys really respected him.

“It will be good to see Sean again but we’ll go about our business the way we normally would.

“All the boys are looking forward to it. They’ve got a few Airdrie players in there with Nat Wedderburn and Euan O’reilly in there as well, so they’ll be right up for it.

“We need to be ready for that, but we’ll just got to do our normal game and hopefully come out on the winning side.

“We are hoping to get the better of them but it won’t be an easy job. They are on a good bit of form in League Two, so we know we’ll need to be on top form to get through.”

Smith, who started the campaign with Championsh­ip side Hamilton before a moving in August, has enjoyed cup clashes this term with three of his six goals coming in knockout competitio­ns.

And he added: “I always enjoy the cup games. That wee change from the league is nice and I’m always looking to add to my goal tally.

“You always know that you’ve really got to go for it in these games.”

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