Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson admits Scottish Cup glamour tie could generate enough cash to keep his Clyde squad going for a season

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Clyde manager Barry Ferguson insists setting up a money-spinning Scottish Cup quarter-final tie would give him his entire playing budget for next season.

Ayr United stand in the League Two part-timers’ way of reaching the last eight and potentially going up against the likes of Celtic and Rangers.

Former Scotland and Rangers captain Ferguson admits the Somerset Park fifth round showdown is huge for both his players and the club.

Ferguson, whose side are five points adrift of the play-offs in the fourth tier, said: “If we get into the quarter-finals, that could keep us going for another season.

“That’s my all budget if we get through and get a big team. It’s a lot of money for us.

“We’re looking forward to it, Ayr are in the Championship and doing pretty well – they’ve got good players and a good manger.

“It’s a great test for us and a break from the league.

“We’ll go down there and give a good account of ourselves but the pressure is all on Ayr United.

“I think there will be a decent crowd as well but we’ve got a few guys that have experienced that before.

“It would be a good scalp for us, a Championship team.”

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