"It does not matter if it is a cup or league game or a friendly.
"Every cup game is difficult, especially when a lower-league club comes to play against a Premier League side, so we've got to be on the front foot and we've got to be ready to take on this challenge."
The Scot hopes to use the match to work out a formula for success in the top flight.
"I will be bringing one or two guys in because we are at that stage were one or two are champing at the bit for an opportunity and it is important to freshen it up," he added.
"What it does is allow us to look at certain people and get the partnerships right, look at the pairings and introduce new players.
"We have a lot of new guys in the dressing room and a lot of relationships to build but it is another game to look forward to.
"I'm sure we will be ready and very much up for the cup tie."