Caley Thistle manager John Hughes wants to make his club the pride of the Highlands again by leading Inverness back to another cup final.
Inverness are one of only three Premiership clubs remaining in the Scottish Cup and, after getting a home tie with Rangers’ conquerors Raith Rovers in yesterday’s quarter-final draw at Hampden, Hughes has challenged his players to make the showpiece finale to the season at Hampden.
He said: “We all remember the excitement and the buzz reaching the final of the League Cup brought last year and it did wonders for the profile of the club.
“For the supporters to see their home city club reach a final is great and we want more of that. All we wanted was a home draw and we’ve got that. Anything can happen.”
Caley Jags midfielder Greg Tansey, who scored in the 2-1 win at Partick Thistle in the fifth-round tie at Firhill on Saturday, has a personal target to aim for in the knockout competition.
He said: “I’ve never played at Hampden but it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I came to Scotland. We’re looking forward to the quarter-final and hopefully we can go through to the last four.”
Falkirk travel to Queen of the South in an all-Championship affair, while their league rivals Hibernian will face Spartans or Berwick Rangers, who will meet in a replay next Tuesday after they drew 1-1 on Saturday.
The ties will be played on March 7 or 8.