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McInally says shelving the Challenge Cup would make sense

Peterhead boss Jim McInally with the Challenge Cup trophy
Peterhead boss Jim McInally with the Challenge Cup trophy

Peterhead manager Jim McInally can see the logic in postponing this season’s Challenge Cup.

It is expected a decision will be made this afternoon by the SPFL about shelving the competition for the 2020-21 campaign following consultation with clubs.

The fixture calendar is already congested for the new term and the Challenge Cup is currently without sponsorship.

Blue Toon boss McInally, who guided his club to the final in 2016, said: “I think it makes sense because if there are no crowds and no sponsorship it would probably turn into a loss making venture.

“I didn’t agree with comments I saw saying there wasn’t much appetite from the Premiership clubs to field their colt teams.

“Well to be frank it’s not really their competition and it shouldn’t come down to that.

“I think given the current climate it would a common sense decision and that’s our view as a club really.

“The other suggestion is that it might leave some dates vacant that could be used for playing games that have to be postponed.

“The calendar will be pretty tight anyway so it’s pretty sensible I think, even though it’s a competition that as a club we’ve enjoyed success in in the past.

“If things return to some normality next season then of course it would be good to stage the competition again, but this season it seems sensible not to play it.”

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