McGlynn: Cup draw should be earlier

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John McGlynn believes the League Cup quarter-final draw should have occurred on Wednesday
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John McGlynn believes the League Cup quarter-final draw should have occurred on Wednesday

Hearts manager John McGlynn feels that the Scottish Football League missed an opportunity to build on interest in the Scottish Communities League Cup by not holding the quarter-final draw on Wednesday night.

Hearts were one of six teams to progress on Tuesday and were joined by Rangers and Aberdeen 24 hours later. While the draw for the Capital One Cup, the equivalent competition in England, took place after Wednesday night's action, there is no date announced for the Scottish draw.

McGlynn said: "I can't believe there wasn't a draw. We were shown up by England. Everyone was sitting by their television to see the draw and probably going to work talking about the big games."

He added: "We have got to wait until they have sorted the balls. I watched the Rangers game and listened to the Dunfermline game.

"You listen to what's coming back and fans are wanting to know when the draw is."

The SFL usually hold the draw when representatives from all clubs can attend and publicise the games but McGlynn felt there was an opportunity for greater exposure on Wednesday night.

"It's not necessarily frustrating for me but the cup has a bit of momentum and you expect it to continue," he said.

"It was a big stage with the TV cameras at Ibrox and I'm sure someone from the SFL can find their way to Hampden for the draw.

"There is going to be a draw but probably next week when there's a few guys in a room," added McGlynn, who hopes to have defender Andy Webster available after a back injury for Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against Kilmarnock at Tynecastle.

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