Falkirk’s safe passage to the fourth round of the Irn-Bru Challenge Cup secured a trip to fellow Championship side Ayr United at Tuesday’s draw.
The Bairns could have been paired with one of the ‘non-domestic’ teams – Welsh duo Bala Town and New Saints or Northern Ireland’s representatives Crusaders and Linfield.
But whatever the thoughts on the influx of ‘new’ teams to the competition, the meeting with Ayr is a lot less glamouropus than it could have been.
Falkirk face Ian McCall’s side at The Falkirk Stadium on September 24, just two weekends before the scheduled Irn-Bru Cup weekend where the reverse fixture will take place.
The Bairns are record holders in the competition having won it the most times, but exited the competition further along the A77 in Stranraer last season.
They’ll pitch up at Somerset Park with a good idea of what Ayr are all about having met them just two games before.
The full draw is: Bala Town v Alloa
Forfar Athletic v New Saints
Crusaders v Livingston
QOS v Linfield
Hibs v St Mirren
Dunfermline Athletic v Queen’s Park
Ayr United v Falkirk
Stranraer v Dundee United