THE draw for the opening rounds of the Central League Cup hasn’t been particularly kind to the local teams.

The 39 clubs from the Central region went into the hat for the tournament, which normally gives them a refreshing change from their usual league opposition.

But in Greenock’s case at least, it will be familiar foes.

The Ravenscraig men will play a home first round match against fellow Super League team Kilsyth Rangers.

And if they get through that, they will travel to Renfrew in Round Two to face a side they met at the start of the season in the same grouping in the Sectional League Cup.

The clubs were also paired together in the first round of this season’s West of Scotland Cup, a match which Greenock scraped through on penalties after a goal-less draw.

Manager Martin Campbell said: ‘’To be honest, it’s not the draw we would have wished, as it’s the same old faces again.

“Kilsyth will be tough, and if we make it through to play Renfrew, we will remember that they gave us a good game earlier in the season in the West Cup.’’ Meanwhile, the Port will have it tough against high-flying Blantyre Vics in their opening round.

The Vics have made it through to the last 32 of the Scottish Cup, where they are due to face Greenock’s conquerors, Newtongrange Star, tomorrow.

Port manager Craig Brown, whose side are not in action tomorrow, said: ‘’Blantyre are having a good season, and are doing well in their league as well as in the Scottish Cup.

“They will be hard opponents, but it’s a game to look forward to.’’ A date for the first round matches has yet to be confirmed.