THE 16 teams through to the second round of the ALBA Challenge Cup have switched their ties to Tuesday, 10 August, to avoid a clash with Wednesday's Sweden v Scotland friendly.
THERE was a feeling of déjà vu at the second round draw of the Alba Challenge as Ross County and Morton, along with Dunfermline Athletic and Queen of the South, were paired against each other for a third season running.
THE draw for the second round of the ALBA Challenge Cup will take place at 2.30pm this afternoon at Hampden Park.
HAVING watched their favourites ship 13 goals in three games prior to their midweek victory over Aberdeen, Dunfermline fans needed a positive performance and result from this strangely low-key Alba Challenge Cup outing.
DUNDEE'S defence of the Alba Challenge Cup was almost short-lived until their own version of the late show.
THE concept of irony is one which is often prevalent in matters of a footballing nature and it would therefore have come as no major surprise to recently-appointed Cowdenbeath manager Jimmy Nicholl that his first competitive fixture in charge of the Blue Brazil was scheduled to take place at nearby Stark's Park.
SCOTTISH Cup finalists Ross County's return to action was a low-key affair as they edged out former Highland League foes Elgin.
KEEPER Scott Christie was Stirling's hero, producing three penalty saves in this amazing shoot-out victory against Falkirk at Forthbank.
THISTLE eventually prevailed against their Third Division opponents in the Alba Challenge Cup but it required an exceptional strike from Ryan McBeth in the 70th minute to take them through.
THE Scottish Football League hopes to seize on SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster's plans for change to the top flight of Scottish football by pushing hard for the re-introduction of a relegation-promotion play-off.
SPARTANS believe they can still convince the Scottish Football League's 29 member clubs that they would be the best addition to the set up, despite scoring poorly with the SFL management committee.
AN AUSPICIOUS April for Allan Maitland could become a memorable May if his Alloa side can successfully defend their 2-1 advantage going into today's First Division play-off semi-final second leg against Clyde.
JIM Ballantyne openly admits tradition matters not one iota to Airdrie United at present and that Ross County, a Highland League team in the not-too-distant past, can now lay more legitimate claims to being a mover and shaker in Scottish football circles. The Lanarkshire outfit's chairman, however, has challenged local people to create their own piece of 21st Century history.
EAST Stirlingshire produced yet another shock last night as they clinched a place in the quarter-final of the Challenge cup with a 1-0 win over Second Division Queen's Park.
TALENTED Berwick Rangers midfielder Danny Swanson will be the centre of attention tonight in the Challenge Cup.
CLYDE last night reached their first final of a national cup competition in almost 50 years when they defeated Morton 3-1 in the Scottish League Challenge Cup semi-final at Broadwood. Their opponents in the final will be Ross County, who defeated Albion Rovers 4-1.