BOSS Frani More has challenged the Rothes players handed the shirts to face Turriff United on Saturday to go and book their Scottish Cup places.
The Speysiders’ manager is using the cup trip to Threave Rovers next weekend as the carrot to get a good performance from his players.
After three defeats and, more worryingly, three games without a goal, More wants his players to show real hunger against Turriff at Mackessack Park.
Kevin Shortreed and Sean McIntosh will both be missing after picking up red cards in the 3-0 defeat at Deveronvale last weekend.
The players handed the jerseys against their Aberdeenshire visitors tomorrow are in pole position to book their starting slots for the long journey to Castle Douglas.
The Rothes committee are pulling out all the stops to give the team the best chance of cup glory with an overnight hotel stay in Dumfries and Galloway.
And More wants the players to repay that faith in them with a hard-working performance.
"I want us to go down there for the win and the best way to do that is by the players getting a good rest on the Friday night. It is good that the club has supported us and we have a busload of supporters travelling down on the Friday as well.
"The players who start on Saturday will keep the shirts if they play well. Everybody has been looking forward to the cup tie for weeks," added More.
For a club of limited resources like Rothes, the expense of an overnight stay is a significant one so progressing to the next round would be a boost.
More admits a better level of performance will be required to take anything from the game against Turriff and the match up with Lowland League side Threave.