Non-leaguers can keep run going
Our Scottish football expert Colin Ross says non-league Formartine are the best bet in this weekend's Ramsdens Cup ties.
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With domestic league football taking a back seat on international weekend only three quarter-final matches in the Ramsdens Cup fill the Scottish calendar. Bookies have the matches almost spot-on and I hasten to point out - no bet if no value.
Dundee are long odds-on to beat a very capable Stenhousemuir side, maybe even a touch too short, but with Stenny missing quality centre-back Ross Smith due to suspension, Dundee can utilise full-time fitness to book a semi-final slot.
Raith Rovers host Falkirk and the two Championship sides will contest an even affair. Had I managed to see a better price than the 5/4 for draw at half time it may have been tempting, but no thanks, and calling the victor in the tie is too tough.
That leaves Annan v Formartine United - a League Two side against a Highland League team on the new artificial surface at Galabank Stadium.
My Scottish non-league knowledge is very extensive and Formartine will travel with confidence having seen off League Two sides - East Stirling and Elgin City - comfortably in the competition so far.
Formartine operate on a far larger budget than most League Two sides and managed by ex-Inverness and Aberdeen boss Steve Paterson the team is packed with quality, experience and goals.
However, it is a long journey and Annan are decent at home and in David Hopkirk and recently-signed Pete Wetherson have two of the league's better players.
I will therefore have only a small interest and take Formartine in the draw-no-bet market at 6/4 to net us a wee win.
The non-league theme will continue next weekend with several sides involved in the first round of the Scottish Cup - more value will be available then.
Finally, I gave my ante-post picks five weeks back for the season, but feel compelled to add the 7/1 for Rangers striker Nicky Clark to top the scoring charts in League One. It looks fantastic value.
Rangers gaffer Ally McCoist likened him to a few Gers strikers of yesteryear and Clark topped the same league by almost 20 goals in his 40-plus for Queen of the South last season.
Team-mate Jon Daly is 15/8 favourite in the market but may play quite a few league games at centre-back. I know who I would rather have my fiver on.