Queen of the South have unveiled new state-of-the-art indoor pitches at their ground in Dumfries.
They're designed for the club's players and the public, as Lori Carnochan reports.
Two brand new state-of-the-art indoor football pitches are now up and running at Queen of the South Football Club.
As well as providing an all-weather training ground for the Doonhamers, the new facilities at Palmerston Park are also open to the public.
It has has been partly funded by the Holywood Trust.
Queen of the South narrowly lost out on a place in the quarter-finals of the Scottish League Cup after taking Hearts to penalties.
The Doonhamers knocked out title holders St Mirren in the previous round, but it was the Jambos who booked their place in the last eight after beating Queens 4-2.
The Tynecastle side put themselves ahead three times, but the visitors fought back, and after 90 minutes it was all square on the scoreboard.
Dale Carrick netted the winning penalty as the Premier League side progressed to the next round.
Queens Manager Jim McIntyre said that despite the end result, he was very impressed with his men, and the supporters.
“First and foremost the pride I have in the players. We went behind three times and just kept at it. I thought we passed the ball extremely well and created good goalscoring opportunities. We just needed to be a bit more ruthless.
“I dont think it was a penalty kick which gave Hearts a lift and the third one as well I think the ball is out of play and my defenders saying that it wasn't a corner either so they`re really disappointing things but if we talk about those decisions it takes away a lot from the game.
“I thought we were excellent but you`ve got to credit Hearts. Hearts were ruthless when they got their opportunities so fair play to them.
“From our point of view we’ve got to look at how well weve performed and it’s not the first time weve performed like that this season.”
It is a big night for Queen of the South as they play Rangers at Palmerston Park in the quarter final of the Ramsdens Cup.
Queen of the South are the Cup holders and they beat Rangers on the way to the final last season, in a dramatic penalty shootout.
Extra security is in place to ensure it is a good night on and off the pitch for the 7000 fans.
Kim Inglis reports:
Police Scotland are advising fans travelling to tonight's Queen of the South game against Rangers to travel early.
"High numbers of supporters are expected to attend the match so there will be increased levels of traffic and pedestrians in the area.
"If going to the game travel early to avoid the congestion and please note that no parking cones will be in place, so park in areas further from the ground.
"Officers will be policing the event to ensure everyone’s safety and we ask all fans behave sensibly and consider others, including local residents, before, during and after the match. We hope everyone enjoys the big game."
Queen of the South welcome Rangers to Palmerston Park tonight for the quarter-final of the Ramsdens Cup.
The Doonhamers knocked the Glasgow giants out of the cup at the same stage last year after a dramatic penalty shoot-out at Ibrox.
Jim McIntyre's side are hoping to get back to winning ways after their home defeat to Raith Rovers, but Ally McCoist's men will be coming to Dumfries looking for revenge.
More than 6,000 tickets have already been sold, but there are still some seats left for Queen of the South fans.
Tickets for the game, which kicks off at 7.45pm, can be bought at Palmerston Park until 3pm today.
Queen of the South have been given a major financial boost after a group of shareholders waived their loans to the club- amounting to a donation of around £500,000.
Former chairmen David Rae and Norman Blount, along with current chairman Billy Hewitson, director Craig Paterson and former director Mark Robertson and Mrs Jane Houliston, all made substantial loads during the past two decades.
In a statement after the announcement, the Board passed on their sincere thanks and described it as outstanding news for the future welfare of the club.
The donations mean that Queens will now move forward without any debt on the balance sheet.
Businessman Norman Blount, who waived his £200,000 loan, said there is great respect for the ideas of chairman Billy Hewitson and feels that going into the new season debt-free would give him a solid base to work from.
The domestic football season is getting underway in Scotland.
All of our football league teams north of the border are playing in the Ramsdens Cup, and this time one of them begins the tournament as defending champions.
Lucy Taylor reports.
Our Scottish football teams are back in action this weekend with the first round of the Ramsdens Challenge Cup. All the local matches kick off at 3pm on Saturday.
- Annan Athletic v Morton
- Berwick v Livingston
- Queen of the South v Spartans
- Stranraer v Dunbarton
Queen of the South welcome SPL side Hearts to Palmerston Park today.
The pre-season friendly will be the first to be played on the newly completed artificial pitch.
The reigning Second Division Champions will be hoping for a good result under new Manager Jim McIntyre.