As is my want I have divided the four games into three. There are potential upsets, games that are difficult to call and finally games that ought to be easy enough to predict.
For me there are two possible banana skins with Aberdeen v Dumbarton being the first. For Aberdeen Derek McInnes has done a remarkable job in making them, once again a force to be reckoned within Scottish football. The worry for Dons fans is if they have one eye on the League Cup Final and not both on this; Craig Murray is available for them whilst Clark Robertson is not. Ian Murray’s Dumbarton have had a decent season thus far and getting to the quarter finals of the cup will already be seen as a bit of a triumph. The only absentee for them shall be Bryan Prunty and they do have the resolve to progress. Ultimately I do think the home side have more than enough but I would not be surprised if it was a very tough afternoon at Pittodrie for them.
Raith Rovers v St Johnstone also has the look of a potential upset. Grant Murray’s Rovers have been trying to get their league momentum back over recent weeks and it has been a bit of an uphill struggle at times. They do have Kevin Moon and Paul Watson in the squad whilst David McGurn, Calum Eliot and John Baird are missing. For the Saints, Steven McLean is available but there will be no Frazer Wright, Tam Scobie or Murray Davidson. Like the Aberdeen game I reckon the Premiership club will have enough but it ought to be close.
For the game I find difficult to call it should come as no surprise that it is the all Premiership clash on Sunday – Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Dundee United. For the home side they shall be without Ross Draper whilst the visitors have no Curtis Good, Ryan Gauld or John Soutar. John Hughes inherited a very decent side and has done little to change their approach and mentality – mainly cos it wisnae broke. Jackie McNamara has changed the mentality of the Arabs into a winning one. This time round I think the away side will have the win but at home the Highland team should be difficult to get round.
Finally the one that ought to go by way of league positions – Rangers v Albion Rovers – is a repeat of their earlier Ramsdens Cup game. Rangers turned up that day and even without Chris Hegarty, Kyle Hutton, Lewis MacLeod, Ross Perry and Nicky Clark they should have enough in abundance on Sunday. For the Wee Rovers, who have been for me the team of the tournament – Ryan Donnelly and Liam Cusack miss out but their supporters will enjoy a great and rare wee treat.