Pollok face an almighty battle if they want to hold aloft the Macron Scottish Junior Cup silverware for the first time in 22 years.

Having knocked out Cumnock and Glenafton in the Cup’s earlier rounds, the Glasgow big guns landed a home tie against reigning trophy holders Auchinleck Talbot.

This latest Cup clash between the Junior giants was the plum tie of yesterday’s quarter-final draw.

Kilwinning Rangers travel to either St Roch’s or Largs Thistle while Troon host either Craigmark or Lochee United.

In the final tie, Hurford United are pitted at home against either Girvan or Clydebank.

Lok boss Murdie McKinnon admitted the tie against the in-form Ayrshiremen was not one he would have hand-picked but neither does he believe his dugout counterpart Tommy Sloan will be delighted at the prospect of a trip to Glasgow’s south side.

“I we get the better of Auchinleck then surely nobody can deny we deserve to get our hands on the trophy given our tough run of ties up to now,” said McKinnon. “Their exploits this season, particularly in the big Scottish Cup have marked them out as a truly top side but we also have quality players here at Pollok and I do believe if anyone is equipped to beat Talbot then it’s us.

“All my focus and energy will be directed at readying Pollok’s playing squad in order to execute our game plan on the day.

“Having our strongest possible line-up is an imperative and there is a role to be played by guys such as Jordan Morton and Scott Anson who are cup-tied with previous clubs but they can allow their team-mates to be rested up for the Talbot.”

One of the biggest Junior crowds of the season is predicted to take in the Newlandsfield clash and the race is on for respective centrebacksPaul Gallagher (Pollok) and Ross Harvey (Auchinleck) to recover from injury in time to play a part.

The dream of two Glasgow teams contesting the Cup final was kept alive by St Rochs landing the incentive of a home tie with Kilwinning Rangers if Garngad’s finest can overcome Largs Thistle in this weekend’s fifth-round played to a finish replay.