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TWO clubs from the Irish Republic, Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers, are set to join next season's Irn-Bru Cup.

The fifth and sixth-placed finishers in last season's Airtricity League have been invited to enter the tournament as part of the Scottish FA's move to expand the competition.

For the first time this season, teams from outside Scotland have competed in what formerly the Scottish Challenge Cup, with The New Saints reaching a semi-final showdown at St Mirren this Sunday.

Bala Town, as well as Crusaders and Linfield from Northern Ireland, were all seeded to enter the competition in the last 16 which took place in October.

In the other semi-final, Queen of the South host Dundee United.