Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Co-Operative Insurance Cup Third Round Draw

With football fans across the world desperately searching for the latest transfer news and Jim White doing his man-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown-because-of-the-excitement-of-it-all routine, today seems like a strange day to schedule a national cup draw. Especially one that sees Rangers, Celtic, Dundee United, Hibs and Motherwell feature for the first time.

But Scottish football’s administrators are a strange bunch so the Scottish Football League held the draw for the next round of the Co-operative Insurance Cup at Hampden this afternoon.

I dare say Jim White will be able to muster more excitement for the news that Ryan Babbel has gone to the toilet today than a lot of people will for the lesser of our two cups.

But still. Someone’s going to have a Hampden party at the end of all this.

The draw is:

Rangers v Dunfermline
Kilmarnock v Hibs
Aberdeen v Raith
Falkirk v Hearts
Celtic v Inverness
Ross County v Dundee United
St Johnstone v Queen of the South
Brechin v Motherwell

Two all SPL ties as Mixu’s Killie take on Hibs and Celtic and Inverness reignite their cup rivalry. Tricky trip to Brechin for Motherwell, Raith might fancy a wee drive up to Pittodrie and Dunfermline won’t be greeting at the thought of an Ibrox payday.

Just thought that I’m probably not supposed to list the fixtures.

So I’ll not tell you when they’re being played. But it might be a good idea to keep Armenian Independence Day and the American Business Women’s Day free this September.