The Betfred Scottish League Cup 1st Round Draw will take place on Friday 27th May at 19:30.
The draw will be broadcast live on BT Sport Europe.
All but the European competition qualifiers will take part in the draw. That means Celtic, Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibernian will enter at the second round stage.
Everybody else, including non league sides East Stirlingshire and Cove Rangers, will be drawn into groups split between North and South.
That makes forty teams that will be drawn into eight groups of five teams. The draw will be seeded giving the top sides the most chance of qualifying for the second round. It also means that all sides will be guaranteed a game against a Scottish Premiership club.
The teams will play each other once with the usual three points for a win and one point for a draw. However, each drawn match will go straight to a penalty shoot out with the victors receiving an extra bonus point. Games will take place on each of 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30 July (subject to live broadcast selections).
The eight group winners and four best runners up will then progress to the second round where they will meet the four European representatives at that stage. Eventually the competition will be whittled down to two teams who will play the final out at Hampden Park on the 27th November.
Scottish football fans have reacted well to the new format for the Scottish League Cup 1st round draw.
Scottish League Cup 1st Round Draw
In the hat for the Scottish League Cup 1st Round Draw there are two non-league sides and thirty-eight league sides.
Top seeds: St Johnstone, Ross County, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Dundee
Second seeds: Dundee United, Falkirk, Raith Rovers, Dumbarton
Unseeded clubs: Dunfermline Athletic, Alloa Athletic, Peterhead, Brechin City, East Fife, Cowdenbeath, Forfar Athletic, Elgin City, Stirling Albion, Montrose, Arbroath, Cove Rangers
Top seeds: Motherwell, Partick Thistle, Hamilton Academical, Kilmarnock
Second seeds: Rangers, Morton, St Mirren, Queen of the South
Unseeded clubs: Ayr United, Livingston, Stranraer, Airdrieonians, Albion Rovers, Stenhousemuir, Queen’s Park, Clyde, Annan Athletic, Berwick Rangers, Edinburgh City, East Stirlingshire
The final draw will be updated in full on this page once it is complete. From there fans can start dreaming of that away day of away days at Hampden in November.
Scottish LeagueCup 1st Round Draw In Full
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