‘Gers boss John Coughlin has praised the new-look format of the Betfred Cup following his side’s 0-0 draw with Albion Rovers last night.

Despite a penalty loss which meant the ‘Gers would miss out on a ‘bonus point’, Coughlin revealed: “It’s early days as it’s only our first game played, but I’m quite happy with it because it’s bringing quality clubs down here to play.

“We’re not going to get to play Kilmarnock every week, we go away to play Morton and that’ll be a big test for us. I’m sure the fans will enjoy seeing different clubs.

“There’s almost a boredem that creeps in when you’re playing league fixtures, when you’re playing the same clubs four times a season. It gives you something away from that and something to look forward to in a certain respect. I’m really looking forward to pitting our wits against Morton and Kilmarnock and seeing how we can do against them.

“The only thing is that we’re managing part-time players. There’s a hell of a lot of football to play right now, and there are no recovery periods for us. When we play Kilmarnock who have a full-time team, they’ll be fully rested and ready to go, whereas we’ve got guys who have full-time jobs, so that makes it difficult.”

Coughlin also revealed that he’s set his sights on adding another striker to the squad before the window shuts.

“It’s the one area of the squad that we’re light in. I know for a fact that we need another player up there. We’ve burst our budget so we’re going to have to be creative in what we do, and try make some money available.

“It’s something we’ll be working on in the next few days. It’s important we do that as I do think we’re light in that area of the park.”

However, the desire for another new forward doesn’t mean Coughlin has given up on his hopes of creating a strike partnership between Jordyn Sheerin and Darren Lavery as he continues: “It’s in the early stages. I’d like to play with two strikers and I’d like to get them forming a partnership. It’s very early days, but it’s something that we have to give a chance to.”