Staggies colts to face Broch in Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup

© DC ThomsonRoss County lift the 2018-19 IRN-BRU Cup.
Ross County lift the 2018-19 IRN-BRU Cup.

Holders Ross County will begin their defence of the newly-rebranded Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup when their colts team travel to Fraserburgh in the opening round.

The Staggies won last season’s competition, which was sponsored by IRN-BRU, courtesy of a 3-1 final victory over Connah’s Quay Nomads at Caledonian Stadium in March.

That was the first instalment in a double-winning campaign for Stuart Kettlewell and Steven Ferguson’s men, who went on to clinch the Championship title.

County’s promotion means it will be Richie Brittain’s colts side who take part in this year’s competition, with a trip to the Broch their first assignment.

Last year’s Highland League runners-up Brora Rangers will host Paul Sheerin’s Aberdeen colts, while Elgin City will travel to Hibernian colts.

Formartine United will travel to Livingston colts, with a round two trip to Peterhead at stake for the winner, while newly-promoted League 2 side Cove Rangers will face St Johnstone colts away.

Full Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup first and second round draw:

First Round:

Fraserburgh v Ross County colts
Hibernian colts v Elgin City
Brora Rangers v Aberdeen colts
Livingston colts v Formartine United
Albion Rovers v Hearts colts
St Johnstone colts v Cove Rangers
Kelty Hearts v Kilmarnock colts
Hamilton Accies colts v BSC Glasgow
Berwick Rangers v Rangers colts
St Mirren colts v East Kilbride
Queen’s Park v Celtic colts
Motherwell colts v Spartans

Second Round:

Albion Rovers/Hearts colts v Cowdenbeath
Fraserburgh/Ross County colts v Raith Rovers
Brora Rangers/Aberdeen v St Johnstone colts/Cove Rangers
Peterhead v Livingston/Formartine United
Brechin City v Hibernian colts/Elgin City
Montrose v Forfar Athletic
Clyde v Motherwell colts/Spartans
Annan Athletic v Kelty Hearts/Kilmarnock colts
Hamilton Accies colts/BSC Glasgow v Airdrieonians
Dumbarton v St Mirren colts/East Kilbride
Stenhousemuir v Edinburgh City
Falkirk v Queen’s Park/Celtic colts
Stranraer v Berwick Rangers/Rangers colts