Stranraer caretaker boss Chris Aitken gets advice from brother in a bid to cause Aberdeen cup upset



Stranraer caretaker manager Chris Aitken admits he has taken tips from big brother Stevie in a bid to cause a major Scottish Cup upset at Aberdeen today.

Aitken will take charge of the fourth round clash at Pittodrie after Brian Reid left the Blues by mutual consent on Monday with the club rooted to the bottom of League One.

Despite having been Reid’s assistant, Aitken admits he has asked sibling and Dumbarton manager Stevie for advice ahead of the tie.

He said: “It’s pretty well know that off the pitch we’re best friends as well and we work together during the day.

“I have been picking his brain over the past week, thinking about formations to play and what sort of stuff Aberdeen might do.

“That’s been good as it’s all relatively new to me. I’ve usually got the easy role of organising the warm-up and backing the manager up, but come Saturday it’s me that’s doing it all.

“We’ll look to go and enjoy it because there’s no pressure on us. Hopefully we can go out there and express ourselves.

“We’re massive underdogs, there’s a massive gulf in the leagues and everything else that comes with it. In football, anything can happen and you have to go and believe that you can perform on this stage.”

Stranraer yesterday confirmed that Stevie Farrell will become the club’s new manager after the weekend and Aitken is delighted with the appointment of the Sons number two.

He said: “It’s a great appointment, nobody likes to see anyone lose their job and it was unfortunate what happened to Brian.

“I spoke to Stevie and he asked me to be his assistant manager going forward so from that point of view I’m really chuffed. I played under Stevie for a few years at Stranraer and coaching-wise he is definitely the best I’ve worked with. I’m looking forward to learning many new things off him.”