Former Dunfermline winger Wuillie Gibson will return to his old stomping ground tomorrow with new club Peterhead in the BetFred Cup – but the ex-Par insists he doesn’t have anything to prove to the Fife club’s supporters.
Talking of the Group B draw, the 32-year-old said: “Instantly, when the draw comes out, you look at Dunfermline and Hearts and say “they two are the favourites”. It is then down to us to beat East Fife and Elgin and see what we can get out of the two other fixtures. We have beat East Fife, all we can do on Saturday now is play our natural game, and if results go our way, we might be able to nick into second place and go through as one of better placed finishers but, to be honest, I think the manager is still using these games as pre-season and a fitness exercise to make sure everybody is up to speed by the time the league campaign comes around.”
It was a deserved victory over East Fife, in the opinion of Gibson.
“East Fife didn’t put us under too much pressure, to be honest. I think Greg [Fleming] has only had one real save to make in the game. The back four – and Greg – were well organised and maybe on another day, we could have scored another couple, as we had the chances but I felt we were pretty comfortable on Saturday – I know they were missing some players but I never really felt under any threat. We have had a little break this week and the extra few days – compared to the guys who have had a match midweek – is great but the way I look at it is that if you don’t have a game, you will be training so you are still exerting yourself: I don’t think there is a lot of difference to be honest.”
If the Blue Toon can win on Saturday, they will leapfrog the Pars in the Group B table with one game in hand.
“Dunfermline are the home team and the favourites. If we go there and pick up a result, it’d be an upset, wouldn’t it? So, if we can go there and just play our own, natural, game as well as picking up a result then fantastic. We could then look ahead to Tuesday against Hearts but we are only taking it one game at a time so we will just focus on Saturday first and take things from there.”
The winger, who made 59 appearances, scoring 16 goals, for the Pars is looking forward to returning to face his former employers.
“I love going back – I have always said Dunfermline is probably the best team I have played with. I am slightly disappointed with the way it ended as I felt I was pushed out the club a little bit: knowing my contract was up at the end of the season, when the bid came in from Crawley, they needed to take it due to the financial situation and things like that, but, I know personally that I done well for the club and I enjoyed my time there. I think I proved a lot of things when I was there and I certainly don’t feel as if I need to prove anything now. Dunfermline have changed a lot as well – they have progressed a bit in the last few seasons. I think they can be viewed as underdogs for being up there at the right end of the Championship this season as they have a lot of very good players. East End Park is a great place to play; whether that is in front of the home fans or going there as an opposition player. My advice to the rest of the boys would be to go there and play your own game, be calm and be positive: the atmosphere is good and it is usually only if you are an ex-player that it can sometimes get a little hostile.”
The bookies have the Pars as favourites ahead of today’s clash.
“I think a lot of team’s going there this season will be viewed as underdogs. That, automatically, puts all the pressure on to them and gives us that little bit of freedom, whereas, if we were at home the pressure swings to us and there is a bigger expectation of us getting a win. All the pressure will be on them; they are sitting on 5 points right now, if they win they go to 8 and it puts them into pole position to finish second (if Hearts win all their games) so the pressure is certainly not on us heading into today’s match as they don’t want to let their fans down, getting beat by Peterhead at home.”