Reflecting the status of this pointless competition, tonight's Irn Bru Cup game at Inverness will feature a Pars team that will include under 20s and fringe players. With the Championship the obvious priority this season, there is also the League Cup game against Hearts this weekend - no need to risk injury to first team starters before then. The Irn Bru Cup game will give players such as Andy Ryan, Aidan Connolly, Callum Smith and others some much needed game time, which is one positive to take out of the club's participation in the competition. Whether the team progresses or not will be of little concern, although the objective will be to win the game, as always.
The lack of interest in the game was highlighted when the official supporters club confirmed that they would not be running a bus to Inverness, as only 3 fans had enquired about travelling. With it being midweek, a return car journey to the Highlands will be given a miss by the vast majority of Pars fans. The £15 adult entry fee to the stadium will not exactly entice those who might be contemplating making the journey.
Inverness are the holders of the trophy and their manager John Robertson has the same priority as Dunfermline this season: promotion. Inverness narrowly missed out on a promotion play-off place lasts season, after relegation from the top flight in season 2016/17. The Highlanders have made a good start to the League season, and while goals have been scarce in their opening 2 games (a 0-0 draw against Ayr and a 1-0 win at Falkirk) they will be satisfied with their initial haul of 4 points from 6.
The downbeat nature of this preview is only a reflection of my feelings about this competition. Needless to say, I will be much more enthused about Saturday's game against Hearts, in a competition that actually matters. Good luck to the team tonight - let's hope that the players who are selected benefit from the game time and that we end the game with no injuries or suspensions.