There is a fair possibility that the crowd at Fir Park will be outnumbered by officials and players after Saturday's game with Caley Thistle attracted just 431. But MacPherson insists there will be no excuses to be offered as far as his players are concerned. He said: "Every game is difficult and our players are professional footballers who do the job and make sure they are prepared. They know it's going to be a difficult game and they have to approach it in the right manner. There may be an issue with the atmosphere and we know it's going to be different from the fantastic atmosphere at Easter Road. The problems with the surface have been well-documented also but there are a few pitches not in the best state at the moment so we know what to expect."
MacPherson was thrilled with the attitude of his men at the weekend and has called for more of the same against Gretna. The Buddies came back into the game on Saturday after Hibs scored two goals in the first 5 minutes. The Paisley club refused to crumble and only the heroics of home goalkeeper Andy McNeil prevented them from leaving Easter Road with a share of the points. He said: "The spirit is very good. I felt we played pretty well on Saturday after a poor start and, after the first 20 minutes, we held our own and created a few chances. If I get a similar performance to the second half at Easter Road in tomorrow night's game I'll be pleased."