Alloa striker Greig Spence insists Celtic cup clash can help Wasps maintain flawless start

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Alloa striker Greig Spence insists a glamour Betfred Cup tie at Celtic can help maintain the Wasps’ flawless start to the season.

Jack Ross’ side have won their first opening six games in all competition, including cup victories over Inverness and Ross County, and will take on Brendan Rodgers’ side at Celtic Park in next month’s quarter-finals.

Alloa turn their attention back to League One duty today when they travel to Stranraer but one-time Hoops trainee Spence believes the Celtic clash will make sure that none of the players take their eye off the ball.

Alloa StadiumHe said: “It’s a great tie for the club money-wise and a great chance to go and play at Celtic Park, and I think for the next month we’re going to have a squad of players all trying even harder to get into the team for that night.

“I think it will be good for our league games leading up to that and it will be a fantastic night when it comes round.

“You know when you turn up that you’re going to be chasing the ball all night. If we can keep a good defensive shape and keep our composure then there’s no reason we can’t get something out of the game.

“We’ve beaten Rangers in the past so you never know.”

Spence reckons Ross’ recruitment policy and man-management skills are the key factor behind their unblemished start to the season.

Experienced players such as Jim Goodwin, Andy Graham and Jamie Longworth are among 12 new arrivals at the Indodrill stadium.

Spence added: “I think it’s about the boys he’s brought in. He inherited someone else’s squad last season but he’s brought decent boys in. I would say we’ve got 16 to 18 good players all at the same level.

“It’s also about his overall organisation and he’s a likeable manager, so you want to play under him and do well for him.

“He’s got good man-management and you can tell he’s played the game and he knows how to manage players.

“He stays calm when things aren’t going well and you respect him so you give him 100 per cent, no questions asked, every time.”

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