Neil Doncaster has welcomed backmost 4 cross-border clubs to the Scottish Professional Football League Trust Trophy for the upcoming season.
The New Saints and Caernarfon Town, from the JD Cymru Premier successful Wales, and Linfield and Cliftonville, from the Danske Bank Premiership successful Northern Ireland, volition instrumentality portion successful the 2022/23 tourney and volition participate successful circular three.
Cross-border clubs archetypal joined the revamped set-up successful 2016/17, but their engagement was paused aft the 2019/20 play due to the fact that of the coronavirus pandemic.
SPFL main enforcement Doncaster said: “I americium pleased to corroborate that we volition beryllium welcoming backmost 4 cross-border clubs from the commencement of this season’s competition.
“The engagement of cross-border teams helped reinvigorate the tourney erstwhile they were archetypal introduced and we judge the SPFL Trust Trophy volition payment from their return.
“This tourney has been a existent occurrence communicative implicit the years and we look guardant to the enactment kicking disconnected again successful August.”
Nicky Reid, SPFL Trust main executive, said: “The SPFL Trust are delighted to beryllium capable to sponsor the tourney for a 2nd season, which is lone imaginable with the generous enactment of our donors.
“Following the occurrence of past term’s contention successful highlighting the assemblage programmes we present crossed the country, we anticipation to physique connected that successful the forthcoming run to amusement that alteration truly tin beryllium shot powered.
“Alongside the matches taking spot close up to the final, we anticipation this magnificent cross-border contention tin proceed to radiance a airy connected the enactment being done by shot clubs crossed the UK to service their communities.”
Four Lowland League clubs – Cowdenbeath, East Kilbride, The Spartans and East Stirlingshire – volition again articulation the SPFL Trust Trophy archetypal round, alongside Fraserburgh, Buckie Thistle, Brechin City and Brora Rangers arsenic the Highland League’s 4 representatives.
The gully for the archetypal circular and 2nd circular volition instrumentality spot connected Monday astatine Airdrieonians’ Excelsior Stadium.
The archetypal circular of the contention volition beryllium played successful the midweek of August 9/10 and volition impact 11 cinch Premiership B teams – Ross County person opted out – the 4 teams from some the Highland League and Lowland League and the bottommost 3 clubs from past season’s cinch League Two.
The remaining 7 League Two clubs articulation successful circular 2 successful the midweek of August 23/24, alongside the bottommost 2 League One clubs from past season.
The 10 winners of that round’s matches are joined by the different 8 League One clubs, the 10 Championship clubs and 4 cross-border clubs successful circular 3 connected the play of September 24/25.
Round 4 volition instrumentality spot connected the play of December 10/11, followed by the quarter-finals connected the play of January 7/8 and the semi-finals connected the play of February 4/5 oregon midweek of February 7/8. The last takes spot connected a provisional day of March 25/26.
There volition beryllium a reimbursement outgo of £6,500 per lucifer for immoderate nine travelling betwixt Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.