Scottish League Cup & League Two Midweek preview: Tuesday 23rd September 2014



It is cup competition time once again. For me there are some intriguing ties, none more so than the league game in League Two! But first let us deal with the cup.

The only potential banana skins this evening, for me, is Aberdeen v Livingston. In the Petrofac Cup Livingston put four past a youthful Hearts so this squad have proven they like a cup tie. The Dons are unlikely to slip up under Derek McInnes but I just fancy that John McGlynn could make it very difficult…

I reckon the rest are very difficult to call. Falkirk v Rangers was a breeze for Rangers when they met in the league but the cup competition is very different. Peter Houston could do with a decent result to help the league campaign. Both sides drew at the weekend which is hardly good preparation. Kilmarnock v St Johnstone is another between two sides that have been misfiring. Saints have a very good record against Killie but that counts for nothing here as they enter the competition at this stage. This is the cup they would hope to do best in, as other Premier sides would hope too as it takes so few games to win it. Killie despatched Ayr in the last round and it remains to be seen if home advantage will work for them this time round. Partick Thistle v St Mirren is Friday night all over again. The Jags will respond and the lack of pressure as it is not a league fixture might help loosen up the Buddies. I would expect a much freer game and who knows what the outcome might be… Finally Ross County v Hibernian ought to be a Highland fling. But the form of the visitors is only beaten negatively by their hosts. Both teams have had abysmal starts to the season and who knows where the bragging rights shall go.

If I were pushed I reckon Aberdeen, Rangers, St Johnstone, Partick Thistle and Ross County would be favourites…

League Two

Finally Clyde v Montrose is now a massive game as Clyde can get off the foot of the table with a win. Montrose won at the weekend whilst Clyde got thumped 5-2 by league leaders, Arbroath. I reckon Barry Ferguson will have the team ready for this contest and come away with the 3 points.


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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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