Gus is up for new Irn-Bru cup

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Queen’s Park man­ager Gus MacPher­son has in­sisted the new Irn-Bru Cup for­mat can only be pos­i­tive for the Scottish game.

The Ham­p­den gaffer was speak­ing af­ter the Spi­ders drew Kil­marnock’s un­der-20s in the first round of the com­pe­ti­tion set to be played on ei­ther Au­gust 2 or 3.

The draw saw the first round re­gion­alised and struc­tured to en­sure that un­der-20 teams were kept apart and High­land and Low­land League clubs did not face each other.

MacPher­son in­sists the new for­mat was about helping young play­ers in Scot­land and said:“There’s pros and cons to it, but the main pur­pose is to gen­er­ate more in­ter­est in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s all geared to­ward the un­der-20s teams and try­ing to get them play­ing against ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als.

“It can only be a pos­i­tive for our game. We’ll look for­ward to it. It’s the last game be­fore the first league fix­tures of the sea­son and it’s at Ham­p­den.

“It will be a chal­lenge. Kil­marnock will be mo­ti­vated to try and win the game.”

For more Queen’s Park and Irn-Bru Cup news, please turn to page 67.

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