Published: 10/10/2017 13:14 - Updated: 10/10/2017 13:24

Caley Thistle to face Falkirk in Irn-Bru Cup

Written byPaul Chalk


Caley Thistle will meet Falkirk in the Irn-Bru Cup quarter-finals.
Caley Thistle will meet Falkirk in the Irn-Bru Cup quarter-finals.
CALEY Thistle have been drawn against Falkirk in the quarter-finals of the Irn-Bru Cup.

John Robertson's team, who booked their berth in the last eight thanks to a fine 3-0 home win against League Two Peterhead at the weekend, return to action in the competition on November 11 or 12.

Paul Hartley officially takes charge of the Bairns for the first time this Saturday against the Highlanders in the Championship.

Falkirk got through to this stage thanks to their 2-0 weekend win against in-form Dunfermline Athletic.

Former ICT assistant manager Maurice Malpas helped to make the draw, which took place at the Forth Road Bridge Visitor Centre.

The other ties in the quarter-finals are - The New Saints v Queen of the South; Dumbarton v Raith Rovers and Dundee United v The Crusaders.

This is the fourth time that Caley Thistle have reached this stage of what used to be called the Challenge Cup, for SPFL teams which play outside the Premiership, and they have reached the final on the other three occasions.

Robertson guided the club to their only success in this cup when ICT also won promotion to the top-flight in 2003/2004.

This will be the third time this season that Caley Thistle and Falkirk will have met, with the Bairns having won 2-0 in the Betfred Cup in July then this weekend's league game at the Falkirk Stadium.

Falkirk are four-times winners of the competition, winning all four finals they have contested, with the last being in 2012 against Hamilton.

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