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All eyes were on Hampden on Friday when the draw for the first round of the League Cup was made - and it’s going to be a big one for one Angus team,.

Forfar Athletic will welcome Rangers to Station Park for the first of what is set to be five meetings in the 2013/14 season, writes Sarah McLean.

The draw is undoubtedly a huge coup for the club especially as it will be played on home turf.

Nearer the coast it will also be a big day with the arrival of one of the county’s most fiercely fought derbies. Montrose will make the short journey south to Arbroath for the clubs’ first competitive encounter in about three years.

Meanwhile Brechin have a bit of a trek ahead of them since they drew an away day to Stranraer.

Apart from the draw it has been a busy week for most of the clubs as pre-season continued.

Both Forfar and Montrose hosted First Division side Dundee this week although neither of them recorded a win.

Montrose were first to welcome the Dens Park side but they finished the night on the wrong end of the 5-1 scoreline.

Forfar were also defeated by Dundee but the scoreline on Saturday was a more modest 1-0.

The Loons were on the road earlier in the week and goals from Chris Templeman and a trialist saw them win against Spartans.

Montrose did better on Saturday when they won 3-0 against Highland League side Buckie Thistle with goals coming from Terry Masson, Lloyd Young and Paul Watson.

Last Tuesday Brechin City lost out 3-2 to Berwick Rangers with both of their goals coming from the prolific Alan Trouten. They faced Queen’s Park on Saturday at Largs where they won 1-0.

Arbroath had a successful week with a 3-2 win over Lossiemouth at Gayfield on Saturday. Last night as we went to press the Lichties hosted an Aberdeen XI at Gayfield. They will welcome a Partick Thistle XI at Gayfield on Saturday.

Also this Saturday there will be a friendly derby between Montrose and Brechin City at Links Park.

Forfar Athletic will round off their pre-season campaign with a trip to Berwick Rangers.