Challenge Cup: Sligo Rovers Looking Forward to Scottish Test

Sligo Rovers are looking forward to playing in next season’s Irn Bru Cup, according to defender Tobi Adebayo-Rowling.

But the 20-year-old admits that he had never heard of the competition before he found out his side would be competing in it.

He said: “Everyone’s looking forward to it because it’s another cup competition, and obviously it’ll be a good test playing against Scottish sides.”

The player admits he had to do his research when he heard the news.

He said: “It’s been going a couple of years but I didn’t have a clue about it to be honest.”

The club, who finished fifth in the League of Ireland will join the competition along with Bray Wanderers, who finished sixth.

Adebayo-Rowling insists that his team are looking forward to the challenge of playing against Scottish opposition, including possible part-time or colt opponents.

He said: “We know the Scottish league is very good so even if we are playing teams that are maybe part time it will still be a good test.

“The under 20s, obviously with the likes of Celtic and stuff, there’ll be a lot of talent in there. I think it will be a good test to see the standard.”

Adebayo-Rowling in action for Sligo Rovers. Photo credit to Michael Melly.

While some might think the Irn Bru Cup would be low on Sligo Rover’s list of priorities, the former Brighton and Hove Albion defender insists the opposite is true.

He said: “We treat every cup game and everything as the same. We’re going to treat it as a big priority just as with any other cup.”

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