MORTON will find out who they will face in this season’s Irn-Bru Cup on Tuesday.

The first-round draw takes place at 1pm and will be streamed live on the SPFL Facebook page. 

This year’s competition — which kicks off in mid-August — sees an increase in prize money and the introduction of Irish opposition. The tournament will have one less round than last term, going from seven to six rounds, with the final to be played on Saturday March 24 or Sunday March 25 of next year.

There will also be the addition of Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers from the League of Ireland Premier Division, meaning a boost in prize money as well as an increase in overseas travel costs for any club drawn against the Irish sides.

The prize pot has gone up by nine per cent, taking last year’s winnings of £308,000 up to £335,200.

Northern Irish and Welsh teams Crusaders, Linfield, TNS and Gap Connagh’s Quay will all enter the competition in the second round, meanwhile Morton are in the South section of the first round draw alongside 13 fellow SPFL clubs, four Scottish Lowland League clubs and six South ‘colt teams’ from the Ladbrokes Premiership — including both sides of the Old Firm.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “Following the success of the new format of the Irn-Bru Cup in its inaugural season, we have worked to further improve the competition for clubs and supporters.

"By increasing prize money, removing one round and introducing more new teams to the competition, we believe this year’s Irn-Bru Cup will be stronger, more competitive and even more exciting.”