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Fizz has gone out IRN-BRU Cup, claims Balmoor manager

Mon 14 Aug 2017

The Blue Toon boss is against the changes, which have been made to the IRN-BRU Cup The Blue Toon boss is against the changes, which have been made to the IRN-BRU Cup


The IRN-BRU Cup has undergone a major overhaul since Peterhead reached the final in the 2015/16 season.

Colt teams from the Scottish Premiership, made up of under 20s, are involved in the competition for the second year in a row but this time they will be allowed to field two over-age players.

The youngsters are joined by four clubs from the Highland and Lowland leagues while several sides from Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will enter in the next round.

The Blue Toon start against East Fife in Methil on Tuesday with boss Jim McInally promising changes following his team's recent exertions in the Betfred Cup and the opening couple of League 2 fixtures.

Regardless of the result, McInally will not be cracking open an IRN-BRU to celebrate.

The former Morton manager preferred the tournament in its previous format and has admitted he will rest goalkeeper Greg Fleming along with several other usual starters.

McInally said: "We will try and win the tie but we will make changes."

"Fraser Hobday will play in goal and everybody, who did not play against Elgin, will start so we will mix things up a bit."

"I think teams at our level now will all be looking to do the same, to a certain extent, because I think the whole Colts thing is pretty disappointing the way they are trying to push the Colts on."

"It demeans the competition a bit in my opinion."

"But we still want to go there and keep the momentum going, although we will certainly be changing the team."


By Glenn Moir