NINETY minutes is all that separates Musselburgh from a place in next season’s Scottish Cup.

Kevin McDonald’s men will face off against Mid Annandale at Dem-master Community Stadium tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon knowing they could be joining the ranks of the senior clubs in Scottish football’s premier cup competition.

Victory for either team will see them into the competition for the 2020/21 season.

Ahead of the South and East Cup Winners Shield final in West Lothian, McDonald said: “It is such a big game for the club.

“More than anything else, hopefully, financially it will help the club bring money in, depending on the draw.

“You have seen what Broxburn Athletic and Bonnyrigg Rose have done [both sides reached the fourth round of this season’s Scottish Cup].

“Musselburgh are going in the right direction and hopefully we get a Scottish Cup run.”

Musselburgh won the Alex Jack Cup earlier this season, while Mid Annandale, who play in the South of Scotland Football League, lifted the Alba Cup to set up the South and East Cup Winners Shield clash in Blackburn.

It is not the first time the two teams have faced off against each other this season, though.

Musselburgh previously put five goals past the Lockerbie side in the second round of the South Region Challenge Cup.

However, the Musselburgh manager (pictured) said that counted for little.

He said: “In a one-off game, that previous game does not mean anything.

“It is whether they were at full strength that day.

“I have been looking at their results and they have won 7-1, 5-2 and 6-1 in their last three games.

“I know their league is not quite as strong as ours and I imagine we will be favourites but anybody can beat anybody.”

Musselburgh will be boosted by their own impressive form as of late.

Five wins in their last six games have taken them from the foot of the East of Scotland Football League Premier Division into a much healthier 11th place.

The latest of those wins came at Whitehill Welfare on Saturday, when Musselburgh finally got their first away points of the season.

However, they left it incredibly late, with Matti King scoring in the 87th minute to level the score at 1-1 before then finding the net three minutes into injury time to spark joyous celebrations on the Ferguson Park sidelines.

McDonald said: “It was a huge win.

“Obviously, everybody has seen the highlights and the celebrations.

“It was such a big game and I thought we did enough to win it.

“We had lots of chances on a tough pitch for how we play.

“Our away form has not been good but it was good to get the monkey off our backs.

“I cannot really remember being involved in a game like that, especially as a manager.”