Premier Division table toppers Rob Roy go into Sunday’s exselgroup Sectional League Cup as favourites against their First Division opponents.
But while Shettleston may be in the league below after relegation last season, Rob Roy boss Stewart Maxwell isn’t expecting anything other than the toughest of tests.
He said: “We know it will be a difficult game. Shettleston have started the season really well and, like us, they are also unbeaten so something has got to give.
“They have brought [ex-senior pro] Peter Weatherson in as player-manager and he brings them great experience. They are very ambitious and will be determined to get back into the Premier Division at the first time of asking, as Rob Roy managed to do.
“Peter Weatherson has been involved in most of their goals so far this season so we know that our central defenders will have to be on their toes.
“But we also know that we have good players who, going forward, can carry a threat to any team. I’m confident that if we can perform to the level that we have been doing so far this season we can bring the cup back to Kirkintilloch on Sunday.”
Shettleston, who took four points out of six from their two league games against Rob Roy last season, reached the final by qualifying from a secion which included Petershill, Bellshill Athletic, Thorniewood United and St Roch’s and then knocking out Greenock and Wishaw.
Rabs’ route to Sunday’s showdown saw them safely negotiate a group containing Rossvale, Cumbernauld United, Kilsyth Rangers and Dunipace before wins over Clydebank in the quarter-finals and old rivals Pollok in the semi-finals.