AFTER the excitement of the World Cup and the European qualifiers we welcome the Petrofac Training Cup.
It's not quite as palatable as the Ramsden's Cup but the aim is the same as Scotland's lower-league clubs eye a chance of silverware.
Rangers' inclusion in the last couple of years has raised the profile of the tournament and they're now joined by Hibs and Hearts.
One of the three face an early exit on Tuesday, August 5 after Rangers were paired with Hibs so as it stands Hearts look a shout at 3-1 with McBookie to lift the trophy – or 1-2 to reach the Final.
Rangers are 11-10 favourites with Hibs 8-1, Falkirk 10-1, QoS 16-1 and holders Raith 25-1.
Robbie Neilson's side start with what should be a gentle opener at home to Annan and they're no bigger than 2-11 at Coral to win so for value take a chance on the Jambos minus one at 1-2 with sportingbet.
For many sides today's matches form part of their pre-season preparation so bear that in mind when having a bet and don't go too crazy with the selections.
After winning trebles on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I'm happy to put up another – starting with Hearts minus one.
Falkirk are next on my line at a best 1-3 with Coral away to local rivals East Stirling and I'm on Airdrie to win their derby at home to Albion Rovers at a biggest 4-6 with McBookie. Next best for me is Peterhead at Montrose.
Elsewhere it will be interesting to see how Highland League Brora, 19-5 at Paddy Power, fare against Stenhousemuir and while Cowdenbeath look big at 3-4 with boylesports at home to Brechin they have lost strike stars Kane Hemmings to Barnsley and Greg Stewart to Dundee.
For a Super Single I considered holders Raith at Fife rivals Dunfermline but a better bet is both to score. Dunfermline suffered heartache in the play-offs last season when they missed a chance for promotion to the Championship but have rebuilt with the likes of Ayr striker Michael Moffat strengthening the side. Raith have signed Callum Elliot from Hearts and he will partner another ex-Jambo, Christian Nade, up front.
I also looked at Dumbarton at Stranraer but again fancy both teams to score with Sons boss Ian Murray admitting pre-season hasn't been the best so far.
Make it a both to score treble by adding Clyde v Ayr. It's Barry Ferguson's first competitive match against an Ayr side who have lost the likes of Moffat to Dunfermline but signed Peter Murphy, Jon Paul McGovern, Ryan Donnelly and Nicky Devlin.
Training Cup Treble
Both to score treble
Dunfermline v Raith
Stranraer v Dumbarton
Clyde v Ayr