The news is that St Mirren have no fresh injury problems ahead of tomorrow night's second round Co-operative Insurance Cup match against Dumbarton at Love Street. Midfielder Tonet's red card in the 2-1 Buddies defeat at Hearts on Saturday has lead to suspension in the SPL, but not cup duty. Gaffer Gus MacPherson says he could make changes to his starting XI but has stressed he will not field a weakened side. This means Sons, who are still nursing significant injuries, will need to be on absolutely top form to get anything out of the game.
In the close season we took the Saints to 2-2 at SHS, and might even have nipped it. But friendlies are one thing. A tournament which SPLers have as one of their main hoped-for prizes in a league dominated by the Old Firm is another. Back in January '08, Dumbarton went down 3-0 in the Scottish Cup at Love Street. The Buddies are scheduled to move to a new ground in January 2009, incidentally -- leading one optimistic eBayer to try to sell advance copies of the CIS programme on the basis that it could be "their last League cup tie at St Mirren park before the move." Not if they beat Sons and get a home draw, it won't.