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Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Raith Rovers declared joint winners of the Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup

By Will Clark

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Raith Rovers have been declared joint winners of the 2019/20 Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Cup.

Caley Thistle and Raith Rovers are both declared champions.
Caley Thistle and Raith Rovers are both declared champions.

Tournament organisers confirmed the final, which was due to take place 13 months ago but was delayed due to the pandemic, has now been scrapped.

Winners’ medals will be distributed to both clubs as a result.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said the disruption caused by Covid-19 has meant that it is not possible to stage the final.

"We held off for as long as we could to give us the best chance of staging the final in front of meaningful numbers of fans this season – but it just wasn’t feasible," he said.

“The SPFL board has therefore declared Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Raith Rovers joint winners. "On behalf of the SPFL, our sincere congratulations to both clubs, their players and coaching staff on becoming the first ever joint champions of the competition.

“We are looking forward to the Challenge Cup resuming next season, when it will be known as the SPFL Trust Trophy, supported by money donated by philanthropists including James Anderson."

Inverness Caledonian Thistle chief executive Scot Gardiner said it was the right decision saying squads had changed since the tournament was played last season.

"The Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup of season 2019/20 was certainly a rollercoaster of a competition, which for us culminated in the thrilling and controversial semi-final here at Caledonian Stadium v Rangers Colts.

“At the end of that tie, we were second in the Championship and Raith Rovers were, I believe, leading League 1.

"This season’s Challenge Cup was not even played. "Since that game was played, there has been such a long time between then and now and while we were originally happy to try and play the final subject to fans being allowed in, both squads have changed so dramatically that we no longer believe, if the game was to be played, that it would be fair to either set of players who fought so hard to reach the 2019/20 final.

“We only have around five players left from that semi-final winning squad and we could even have the prospect of one of our players from that match being set to play against us.

"Subsequently, playing the rescheduled match from two seasons ago would mean that, unfortunately, cup sporting integrity would be long gone and accordingly, we feel that the best solution is to award both team squads from that season winners’ medals.

"For some of the players, they may not ever get the chance again to receive such a medal and we feel this is the fairest solution in unprecedented circumstances for all parties.”

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