Involvement in that fizzy drink cup could mean major disruption of fixtures towards the end of the season.
Last year, 1st Round 2/3 Aug, 2nd Round a fortnight later, 3rd early Sep, 4th early Oct and QFs beginning of Nov. All matches go to ET & P if needed, so no replays, at least!
But player contract implications, also, assuming things go well on-field.
That schedule is far more intrusive than CL or Europa, isn't it? Especially at the tail end of a season with three relegations and no play-off ...
I'll doubtless be proven wrong on this, but I bet Sligo Rovers will be drawn away in their first game.
I'd say a lot of Scottish sides wouldn't look forward to the idea of getting to the west of Ireland for a game - especially the non-league or Second Division sides based in the middle of nowhere - so the draw will magic out a home fixture against Sligo.
I wonder if a deal is/will be done re travel costs for whatever team(s) are involved ?
One Irish team at home and one away. Did same with the Northern and Welsh teams last year. Also, Irish and Welsh teams don't enter until 3rd or 4th round i I remember correctly.
First of this season's semi finals currently live on BBC Alba, Dundee Utd 3-1 up on QOS. 2nd semi between St Mirren and New Saints also live on Alba tomorrow.