THREE-TIME Scottish Junior Cup winner Willie Lyle admits he is “honoured” to be representing Talbot in his fifth final as they take on Largs Thistle at Hamilton on Sunday.

But he expects a very tough test against the North Ayrshire side, who have won the top trophy once so far in their history, compared to 12 for Talbot.

Lyle said: “I’ve been here seven years and won the Scottish Cup three times.

The league games between us have been very tight this season so I expect the final to be much the same.

“We had a wee blip by losing in the semi-final of the West of Scotland Cup but have already won the league and also had a great run in the William Hill Scottish Cup.”

The importance of the Scottish Junior Cup is not lost on former Ayr United man Lyle.

He said: “It’s a great honour to be captain again and the Scottish Cup just means so much to the village.

“We want a treble and aim to win every trophy we are in.

People have been playing for places in the build-up to the cup final.

“I know of Arnie, who is still well-liked by Talbot fans.

“But we have a brilliant bunch of players. The plans before the final are to train as usual on Tuesday and Thursday.”

Some respite is also allowed.

He added: “ We like to relax after the game with a boom box which Keir Samson brings along, he is the DJ.

The boss, he feels deserves a lot of credit for the success he has brought to the club in 15 years.

Lyle added: “Tommy Sloan is a great manager.

“Some right good players have left here. He seems to know when to get players in and players out and just keeps rebuilding.

“Hopefully we can get the win in 90 minutes on Sunday.”