JIM Duffy is convinced the William Hill Scottish Cup is still revered by clubs and fans alike in Scotland — unlike the FA Cup in England.

Duffy believes the tournament north of the border is held in high esteem - but down south it’s been spoiled by the mega riches of the Premiership.

He told Tele Sport: “It’s a competition, either as a player or manager, you look forward to because there is a little bit more spotlight on the Scottish Cup. I think it’s still revered in this country and rightfully so.

“Look at the FA Cup in England. I think it’s importance has been diminished because of the riches of the Premier League. So many clubs play weakened teams, even though they have huge squads.

“But I don’t think that happens in Scotland. Even with big clubs such as Celtic, it was part of their treble win last year and so it’s part of the folklore for them. But provincial clubs have won it recently too; it’s massive for them in terms of reputation and stature — and the publicity that it can bring.

“People also go on about revenue. Revenue is vital, but players don’t think about revenue, they think about trying to get to the next round and keeping the run going as long as they possibly can.”

Duffy’s side prepare to take on Dumbarton at Cappielow today with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.

And the Ton boss reckons it’s going to be an evenly matched affair.

He said: “It’s fantastic that we’re in the competition but I’m fully aware that Dumbarton will feel exactly the same in their determination to get to the next round.

“They’ll have the exact same desire and commitment as we have and it’ll be about what happens on the day.”