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We'll do the Irish League proud again: Caddell

 

By Gareth Hanna

Crusaders are determined to put the Irish League on the map by causing another upset in the IRN-BRU Challenge Cup.

That's according to Declan Caddell, speaking from the semi-final draw in Glasgow. After seeing off the current holders Dundee United on Saturday, the Crues face another trip across the Irish Sea, this time to Inverness for the final four tie.

It might not be until February but already Caddell is excited at the prospect of making another Scottish Championship club sit up and take notice of their Northern Ireland counterparts.

"It gives us a great opportunity to showcase our club and the Irish League as a whole," he said.

"We'll take a lot of confidence from the Dundee result. They didn't give us or the Irish League a lot of respect so it was great to go over there and get a result.

"It's nice that this competition takes places in the middle of our season rather than at the very start like the European competitions. We can go into this semi-final in top gear.

"There's a huge incentive for us to push on and do something that no other Irish League team has done before by reaching a Scottish Challenge Cup final.

"The boys have been buzzing about the result since Saturday.

"It's good for the league and it's good for the players who have potential to go on and play elsewhere. Gavin Whyte will have done himself no harm, scoring the winner against a club who had previously been interested in signing him."

Welsh side The New Saints host Dumbarton in the other Scottish Challenge Cup semi-final clash.

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