Clarke not getting carried away as in-form Kilmarnock reach last 16 of cup

Steve Clarke remains cagey about Kilmarnock’s chances in the William Hill Scottish Cup despite progressing through to the last 16.

Killie produced a clinical performance to see off Highland League side Brora Rangers 4-0 at Rugby Park, and are strong candidates to reach Hampden given their current form.

Under Clarke, Kilmarnock have developed into a competitive outfit, and have won seven of their last 10 matches in all competitions, losing just once.

A 1-0 victory over Celtic last week has raised expectations in Ayrshire, but Clarke is refusing to get carried away with any thoughts of cup glory.

“You never know what the draw will bring, so you wait and see what it brings you,” he said. “Cup football is all about game to game and round to round.

“We would like a home draw but have to wait to see what comes out of the hat on Sunday and take it from there.”

Despite the win, there is no time for Killie to sit back and relax with Dundee due to arrive on Tuesday for a Premiership tie.

Clarke, whose side have now won six successive matches at Rugby Park while conceding just two goals, said: “We have a good run of form here at home and it was good to keep that going.

“We’ve got Dundee coming down on Tuesday night and that will be a tough one for us. We have to work as hard as we can for three points.”

For Brora, it was the end of a memorable cup run which started in September.

They, along with Cove Rangers, were hoping to become the first Highland League sides to reach the quarter-finals in 40 years but manger Ross Tokely was heartened by his side’s efforts despite being comfortably beaten.

“It’s earned us a wee bit of money!” he joked. “The chairman will be delighted.

“When we beat the two League One sides, it gave us a lot more confidence, and nobody expected us to do anything here, we were massive underdogs and in previous rounds as well.

“The players have responded to that and I hope that now we can kick on in our season and finish strongly, because we were playing against some very good players out there.”

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