Scottish League Cup 1st Round Draw

The Betfred Scottish League Cup 1st Round Draw will take place on Friday night

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.

North section

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

South section

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

Group A
 Forfar Athletic
 East Fife
Group B
 St Johnstone
 Brechin City
 Stirling Albion
 Elgin City
Group C
 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
 Dundee United
 Dunfermline Athletic
Group D
 Ross County
 Raith Rovers
 Alloa Athletic
 Cove Rangers
Group E
 Partick Thistle
 Queen Of The South
 Queens Park
Group F
 East Stirlingshire
 Annan Athletic
Group G
 Hamilton Academical
 Saint Mirren
 Edinburgh City
 Ayr United
Group H
 Greenock Morton
 Berwick Rangers
 Albion Rovers

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