Paul Hartley reckons Cove Rangers will be pitting themselves against four strong outfits.
The League Two champions will face Hibernian, Dundee, Highland League title-holders Brora Rangers and divisional opponents Forfar Athletic when the League Cup starts in October.
He said: “They’re strong teams. Hibs are flying, Dundee are strong and Forfar will be in our league. We gave Dundee a good game last year and James (McPake) has had to rebuild again. He’ll be a better manager for having a year in the job.
“Brora had a strong campaign last year and every game will be tough. It’s nice to see some fixtures again and hopefully we’re not too far away from playing.”
There would also be the potential of a televised game against early Premiership pace-setters Hibernian, with Premier Sports having broadcast rights for the competition.
Hartley said: “That would be nice. That’s always a real boost for any player, getting a live game. Even if it’s at Easter Road or Hibs are coming to us, we know the qualities they possess and have got a great manager in Jack Ross.”
Cove also announced the signing of Leighton McIntosh yesterday, with the former Dundee and Peterhead forward joining up with the League 1 side for the new campaign.
Hartley added: “He was a young player at Dundee when I was there and was a little bit unfortunate with injuries. He’s done really well wherever he’s went to and can play in a couple of positions.
“It gives us more options in the attacking side of things, bringing Leighton in, who’s got a good pedigree.”