Scottish League Cup preview – Tuesday 24th September 2013



The first half of the next round of the League Cup is tonight though some of the managers vying for the next round and ultimately winning the darn thing might want to reflect on what happened to Kenny Shiels, Gus McPherson and perhaps Danny Lennon following their days in the sun! No matter though what team you support this is when the League Cup gets serious as the big boys are now in the competition. So tonight there are four ties which have Premiership interest in each of them meaning upset headlines are already available in draft in some editor’s offices but where are they likely to be?


For me there is only the Hamilton Academical v St Johnstone tie that looks likely. Alex Neil has played with all of the players available for selection for the Perth side so will know what to expect! Hamilton are on a very decent run of form and this should carry them through tonight so I would expect New Douglas Park to be celebrating late on into the night.


Now the two that I have picked for here involve two Championship sides that struggled at the weekend. They also have very combative managers who hurt really badly after their losses. It makes their sides, for me, possible hardy and difficult opponents but ultimately I think they will lose due to the quality of who they are facing. For Glasgow Celtic v Greenock Morton Allan Moore will, for the first time in his career, savour as a manager this atmosphere. His team will hope to take advantage of the selection issues Neil Lennon has but ultimately they won’t manage to get past the team that has treble tattooed on the inside of their eyelids. Dundee v Inverness Caledonian Thistle has Bomber Brown under some pressure due to the lacklustre start they have had to their season and their capitulation against Falkirk on Saturday hasn’t helped. Contrast that to Terry Butcher who has had every plaudit and much praise from day one this season. Dundee are a very decent side and I reckon will cause Inverness some problems but seriously this should be won in the last period of the game if it is not put to bed before then. The longer it goes on without a goal I fancy Dundee’s chances to nick a draw or a surprise win.


It leaves Hibernian v Stranraer. Had this taken place a month or so ago and with Stranraer already having put out Kilmarnock this would have been a possible shock. The wins both had at the weekend though tell us that Hibs are back to winning ways whilst Stranraer are now off the foot of their table. That story should be a key indication to how the Hibs should get through this with something to spare.


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A lifelong supporter, since seeing Alex Ferguson play for them, of Ayr United he now contributes here, at KickTalk and Ringside Reports for things sporty. He is also a theatrical type and an educationalist. As an Ayr fan he clearly can explain the inexplicable, place fanatical faith in the most fantastic of dreams and deal with dark periods of depression and disappointment. Perfect as a teacher..

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