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Looking forward to seeing the highlights.
Nice to see Lorraine back think she would put him in his place.
Aye, I don’t think she has any Hun sympathies.
 

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A dodgy penalty gives Bonnyrigg the lead at Dens, could have been 2-0 as Hunter had a good chance early on.
Bonnyrigg looking forward to the half time pehs. Especially the goalie.
 

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Dundee v St Johnstone the stand out tie. Always feisty between these two bitter rivals. Added spice of Cup Tie McKay in the Dundee dug out, the man who lifted the trophy for the Saintees in 2014.
 

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Dundee v St Johnstone the stand out tie. Always feisty between these two bitter rivals. Added spice of Cup Tie McKay in the Dundee dug out, the man who lifted the trophy for the Saintees in 2014.
Aye probably the best of the bunch. Imagine Premier Sports will take the Glasgow two for their TV picks so imagine this will be on the box.
 

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Given that they've shown no qualms about selecting the same team twice in a row, I wouldn't be surprised if they go for QoTS (plastic) v Hibs.
Or the Highland derby Ross County v ICT (if they get past Buckie).

Motherwell's banana skin away at either Formartine or Annan would be a worthy, but unlikely, pick.
 

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Given that they've shown no qualms about selecting the same team twice in a row, I wouldn't be surprised if they go for QoTS (plastic) v Hibs.
Or the Highland derby Ross County v ICT (if they get past Buckie).
QOS v Hibs would be in for a shout as would be a Highland derby.
I wouldn’t mind either as you get a bit fed up of watching Dundee but BBC Scotland have a love in with them and Hearts.
 

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Scottish Cup 2020/21 new Fixture Dates

Tue 23 March midweek
Second Round

Arbroath v Falkirk
Buckie Thistle v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Brora Rangers v. Heart of Midlothian
Dumbarton v Huntly
Elgin City v Ayr United
Formartine United v Annan Athletic
Greenock Morton v Dunfermline Athletic
Keith v Clyde
Nairn County v Montrose
Partick Thistle v Cowdenbeath
Peterhead v Stenhousemuir
Stirling Albion v Raith Rovers

Sat 3 April weekend
Third Round

Brora Rangers or Heart of Midlothian v Stranraer
Celtic v Arbroath or Falkirk
Dumbarton or Huntly v Aberdeen
Dundee United v Partick Thistle or Cowdenbeath
Dundee v St Johnstone
East Fife v Greenock Morton or Dunfermline Athletic
Elgin City or Ayr United v Keith or Clyde
Forfar Athletic v Edinburgh City
Formartine United or Annan Athletic v Motherwell
Fraserburgh v Nairn County or Montrose
Hamilton Academical v St Mirren
Livingston v Stirling Albion or Raith Rovers
Peterhead or Stenhousemuir v Kilmarnock
Queen of the South v Hibernian
Rangers v Cove Rangers
Ross County v Buckie Thistle or Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Fourth Round: Saturday, 17 April weekend
Fifth Round: Saturday, 24 April weekend
Semi-Finals: Saturday, 8 & Sunday, 9 May
Final: Saturday, 22 May



Therefore SPFL Prem post-split match dates are now
1. Sat 10 / Sun 11 April
2. Tue 20 / Wed 21 April
3. Sat 1 / Sun 2 May
4, Tue 11 / Wed 12 May
5. Sat 15 / Sun 16 May
 

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Scottish Cup 2020/21 new Fixture Dates

Tue 23 March midweek
Second Round

Arbroath v Falkirk
Buckie Thistle v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Brora Rangers v. Heart of Midlothian
Dumbarton v Huntly
Elgin City v Ayr United
Formartine United v Annan Athletic
Greenock Morton v Dunfermline Athletic
Keith v Clyde
Nairn County v Montrose
Partick Thistle v Cowdenbeath
Peterhead v Stenhousemuir
Stirling Albion v Raith Rovers

Sat 3 April weekend
Third Round

Brora Rangers or Heart of Midlothian v Stranraer
Celtic v Arbroath or Falkirk
Dumbarton or Huntly v Aberdeen
Dundee United v Partick Thistle or Cowdenbeath
Dundee v St Johnstone
East Fife v Greenock Morton or Dunfermline Athletic
Elgin City or Ayr United v Keith or Clyde
Forfar Athletic v Edinburgh City
Formartine United or Annan Athletic v Motherwell
Fraserburgh v Nairn County or Montrose
Hamilton Academical v St Mirren
Livingston v Stirling Albion or Raith Rovers
Peterhead or Stenhousemuir v Kilmarnock
Queen of the South v Hibernian
Rangers v Cove Rangers
Ross County v Buckie Thistle or Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Fourth Round: Saturday, 17 April weekend
Fifth Round: Saturday, 24 April weekend
Semi-Finals: Saturday, 8 & Sunday, 9 May
Final: Saturday, 22 May



Therefore SPFL Prem post-split match dates are now
1. Sat 10 / Sun 11 April
2. Tue 20 / Wed 21 April
3. Sat 1 / Sun 2 May
4, Tue 11 / Wed 12 May
5. Sat 15 / Sun 16 May
Wonder how many of those ties will actually take place?
 

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If there's a fair bit of prize money to be had by actually turning up, then quite a few.
In light of the lower league statement this morning all the SPFL clubs will be taking part.
It’s the Highland teams I was thinking about more. They would have to balance up on the cost of testing and what they would get in sponsorship money,
 

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Nairn County issued a thorough statement tonight that after full consideration and consultation with the players, they'll proceed with their participation,


CLUB STATEMENT
I hope everyone is keeping safe and well in this challenging and uncertain time.
We were informed by the Scottish FA that the Scottish Cup would resume this month and you may have seen that the date for our second round tie at home to Montrose has been set as Tuesday March 23rd. The conditions imposed were that all of our players and staff had to return a negative COVID test before returning to training and three negative COVID tests taken one week part in order to participate in the match. This would be at substantial financial cost to the club.
That presented us with something of a dilemma given the ongoing lockdown restrictions we are still enduring and the ban on training and match participation at our level and below for clubs not still involved in the Scottish Cup.
We are aware of our community accountability but also our duties as members of the Scottish football family. It led to long deliberations among our committee to plot the best and most responsible way forward where a number of different course of actions were discussed.
We have decided to proceed with our participation in the Scottish Cup for this season. The deciding factor was the willingness of the players to go through the testing routines and their positivity towards playing in the match. We asked the players to think long and hard about their decision individually and to consult with families and employers and the result was unanimous.
We have now set about organising testing arrangements and training facilities and I have to thank our secretary, Ian Finlayson and our Director of Football, Graeme Macleod for working around the clock to make sure we have everything in place. We will be outsourcing our COVID testing to a team of expert nurses from a specialist company to ensure it is done properly and safely and all of our training will take place at private, enclosed facilities to avoid cross overs with members of the public and our local community.
We now look forward to welcoming Montrose FC to Station Park for our behind-closed-doors Scottish Cup tie on March 23rd. We will have an update on PPV coverage of the match shortly.
DONALD L. MATHESON
Chairman
Nairn County Football Club.
 
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which means all 7 Highland League participants are carrying on, since :


Unsurprisngly, there was no hesitancy from Brora Rangers. First batch of tests came back negative today so training will resume this week ahead of them receivingHearts.

Similarly, Buckie Thistle are up for hosting ICT. They'll "probably look at some sort of fundraising to help with the cost" of testing.

Huntly see the carrot of R3 v Aberdeen, so will go to Dumbarton.

Formartine United are another who got all-clear results today, in their preparation for the visit of Annan Athletic.

Keith FC's chairman was in the paper saying he's happy it's back on and will face the costs of testing. Their carrot after a home R2 tie is the thought of a local derby at Elgin in R3.

Fraserburgh (R3) say that they are "delighted" it's back on, and : "There is significant financial commitment for testing the entire squad, which has only been made possible by the generosity of our supporters, sponsors, Scottish Government and SFA, as well as the commitment by the players to forgo wages and the continued backing from our main sponsor McWilliam (Aberdeen)."


The 7 will play bounce games between themselves to build up match fitness.
PPV streaming will be prevalent.
BBC Scotland TV's schedules don't go that far ahead yet, but I'll keep checking there whether any will be televised, hopefully with a shift of day to not hit the others' PPV incomes.
 

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All R2 confirmed as on the Tuesday.
Nairn 7:30 and Buckie 8pm, all the rest 7:45.
Nothing televised, so each should do well from their PPV streams.
 

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All R2 confirmed as on the Tuesday.
Nairn 7:30 and Buckie 8pm, all the rest 7:45.
Nothing televised, so each should do well from their PPV streams.
All the TV options would have been used up.
If there had been a TV option I imagine it would have been the Brora game which will be one sided.
 

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Tue 23 March
Second Round

Arbroath 1-2 Falkirk
Buckie Thistle 2-3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Brora Rangers 2-1 Heart of Midlothian
Dumbarton 4-0 Huntly
Elgin City 0-4 Ayr United
Formartine United 1-1 Annan Athletic AET (1-1 @ 90), pens 3-1
Greenock Morton 0-0 Dunfermline Athletic AET, pens 6-5
Keith 0-2 Clyde
Nairn County 1-7 Montrose
Partick Thistle 3-0 Cowdenbeath
Peterhead 0-1 Stenhousemuir
Stirling Albion 0-2 Raith Rovers

Sat 3 April weekend
Third Round

Brora Rangers v Stranraer
Celtic v Falkirk
Dumbarton v Aberdeen
Dundee United v Partick Thistle
Dundee v St Johnstone
East Fife v Greenock Morton
Ayr United v Clyde
Forfar Athletic v Edinburgh City
Formartine United v Motherwell
Fraserburgh v Montrose
Hamilton Academical v St Mirren
Livingston v Raith Rovers
Stenhousemuir v Kilmarnock
Queen of the South v Hibernian
Rangers v Cove Rangers
Ross County v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
 
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