Falkirk avoid Welsh and Northern Irish sides and head to Ayr

03-09-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk FC v Elgin City FC. IRN-BRU Cup, third round. First goal Falkirk, Bob McHugh 19.
03-09-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk FC v Elgin City FC. IRN-BRU Cup, third round. First goal Falkirk, Bob McHugh 19.

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