Preview: Queen's Park vs Airdrieonians
December 14, 2017
Jake Hastie is relishing his Hampden return, but the winger expects Queen's Park to be as tough as any League One opponent.
Airdrie travel to the national stadium on Saturday looking to make it three games unbeaten after claiming four points out of six against Forfar Athletic and Raith Rovers.
On-loan Motherwell starlet Hastie feels it should have been six.
"The squad reacted to the draw with Raith as if it was a defeat - we had put so much into the game.
"There were plenty of positives to take from the performance though, and we know that if we play like that every week we'll win more than we lose."
Hastie was on the scoresheet in each of the last two games, claiming BBC Alba's man of the match award against Raith.
The 18-year-old is pleased with his recent form.
"I've been happy with how I've been playing, and it's nice to get among the goals. I just have to keep working hard and doing what I'm doing now."
With a trip to Hampden looming, Jake is anticipating another challenging encounter.
"I'm looking forward to going back to Hampden, I played there before in the Youth Cup final with Motherwell.
"We know it'll be a tough game on Saturday. Queen's Park are a strong physical side and it'll be just as hard as every other game in this league."
Stevie Findlay is also expecting a testing afternoon.
"It's important we build on the back of our last two performance, which I felt were excellent.
"Queen's Park will be tough, and we'll need to compete all over the pitch. If we continue to work hard as a team and improve in the areas we've discussed with the players, there's no reason for us not to be confident going into the game - but we'll need to deliver a high quality performance."
The Diamonds first-team coach confirmed that Ryan Conroy is still sidelined alongside long-term absentee Marc Fitzpatrick, but otherwise the squad has a clean bill of health.
Goalkeeper Kelby Mason has returned to Hearts following the expiry of his emergency loan deal, and Findlay added: "We'd like to express our thanks to both Kelby and Hearts for helping us out of a difficult situation. We wish Kelby all the best with his future career."
Referee Grant Irvine is the man in the middle at the national stadium.