WE’VE reached the quarter-finals of the Scottish League Cup with ties split over Tuesday and Wednesday.
First up it’s Inverness v Ross County and Morton v St Johnstone with Wednesday seeing the tie of the round between Hearts and Celtic while Hibs entertain Dundee United next Wednesday.
Someone emailed earlier looking for a price on Celtic to win The Treble and it’s almost the same as Ronny Deila’s men lifting both cups and that pays 33-10 at McBookie. Of course it has a chance especially with Celtic making a mess of Europe but it takes just one poor performance in a cup tie to exit.
Tuesday’s live TV offering features the Highland derby and while Ross County are in better shape they’ve haven’t put one over their rivals in six meetings while the last five have saw both teams score.
Inverness are 6-4 favourites with Betfred but have injury problems and named just five subs in the 1-0 defeat at home to St Johnstone at the weekend. County, who are 21-10 with William Hill, also go into the game on the back of a defeat after crashing to Hearts.
Ladbrokes will double odds on a first scorer if he scores in the opening 25 minutes so for example you can have County top scorer Liam Boyce at 11-1.
Scottish Cup winners St Johnstone face a tricky test at Cappielow but should come through. Morton beat Motherwell after ET in the previous but suffered four successive defeats before beating Alloa at the weekend.
Saints have won five of their last seven but kept one clean sheet – on Saturday at Inverness. The Perth men look value on the Asian Handicaps minus one at 6-5 or to win and both score at 5-2 at McBookie.
And here’s a cracking stat texted to me by Greg. Saints have lost just two of their last 25 to lower-league sides – Rangers and Queen of the South.
ICT v Ross Co
(10-11, William Hill)
St Johnstone -1 AH
You can find more tips and discussion over on the Scottish League Cup thread in my forum