Caley Thistle have criticised the SPFL over the scheduling of their Irn Bru Cup semi-final with Crusaders.
Chairman Graham Rae indicated the club has lost money from the competition this season and their last-four tie, due to take place at 5.15pm on Sunday February 18, goes against the interests of both sets of supporters.
The game is being screened live on BBC Alba and Caley Jags boss John Robertson had his say last week, saying the club stood to make nothing out of the game being moved to the Sunday and neither side had been consulted about the decision.
In a letter addressed to SPFL secretary Iain Blair, Rae expressed his dissatisfaction at how the Irn Bru Cup has been organised this season.
He said: “I note the announcement on Wednesday afternoon regarding the time and date of the above fixture and although I do not anticipate that there is any chance of changing this, I felt that, on behalf of Inverness Caledonian Thistle, I must write you and express our great disappointment at these arrangements.
“An evening kick-off on a Sunday in the Highlands may suit BBC Alba but it certainly does not suit the supporters of either Club. The kick-off time makes it extremely difficult for the Club to market a semi-final that would normally attract significant interest.
“Given the challenges facing life in the Championship the arrangements for this Cup Competition have been less than satisfactory.
“We have lost income so far and had hoped that a semi-final would redress this situation. This now is not going to happen, which is hugely disappointing.
“I thought it important to bring our concerns to your attention and trust that the arrangements for next year’s tournament, should it go ahead, are significantly more advantageous to Clubs and supporters.”
The date was up in the air until Crusaders’ fate in the Northern Irish League Cup had been resolved. Had they won their semi-final against Dungannon Swifts, the final would have been scheduled on the same weekend as their cup date with Inverness.
Blair has already come under fire from Caley Thistle this season, with Robertson unhappy his side were forced to play their away game against Queen of the South after a car crash on the A9 saw their trip to Dumfries take 14 hours.
The winner of the tie will face Dumbarton or Welsh side The New Saints on the weekend of March 24/25.