2010–11 Scottish League Cup

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2010–11 Co-operative Insurance Cup
Country  Scotland
Teams 42
Champions Rangers
Runners-up Celtic
Matches played 41
Goals scored 171 (4.17 per match)

The 2010–11 Scottish League Cup is the 65th season of Scotland's second-most prestigious football knockout competition, the Scottish League Cup, also known as the Co-operative Insurance Cup for sponsorship reasons. The competition started in July 2010 with the First Round and ended in Spring 2011 with the Final. Rangers are the current title holder, having beaten Celtic in the 2011 final.

Format[edit]

The competition is a single elimination knock-out competition. In each round, fixtures are determined by random draw. Fixtures are played to a finish, with extra time and then penalties used in the event of ties. The competition is open to all clubs in the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League. Clubs involved in European competitions are given a bye to the third round to avoid congestion of fixtures.

Adjustments from previous editions[edit]

Club Entry Points – The format of the first and second rounds was adjusted for this season. Previously the club promoted into the SPL entered in the Second Round alongside the other non-European SPL sides, with the side relegated to the First Division entering in the first round alongside the other SFL sides. However, this situation has been reversed, meaning Inverness Caledonian Thistle entered the tournament in the First Round – despite being promoted to SPL; and Falkirk entered in the second round – despite being relegated.

The 2009–10 tournament had seen both such sides enter in the first round, plus 11th in the SPL – as there were 6 Scottish clubs in Europe.

Unless a Scottish side wins the Europa League or unless the country secures one of the three "Fair Play" places, there will only be 4 clubs in Europe during 2011–12. As a result, both such sides plus 2nd in the First Division entered in the second round.

Semi-Finals – Following discussions between the SPL and SFL, it was agreed that one or both semi-finals would take place on a weekend, and not on midweek as in previous years. This practice had been the source of criticism – as it forced fans to travel to a neutral venue for a prestigious Semi-Final on a weekday evening in January or February. The details will be confirmed after the quarter-finals.

Schedule[edit]

Round First match date Fixtures Clubs
First round Saturday/Sunday 31 July/1 August 2010 15 42 → 27
Second round Tuesday/Wednesday 24/25 August 2010 11 27 → 160
Third round Tuesday/Wednesday 21/22 September 2010 8 16 → 80
Quarter-finals Tuesday/Wednesday 26/27 October 2010 4 8 → 4
Semi-finals Saturday/Sunday 29/30 January 2011 2 4 → 2
Final Sunday 20 March 2011 1 2 → 1

Fixtures and results[edit]

First round[edit]

The First round draw was conducted on 28 May 2010.[1]

Home Team  Score  Away Team
Dundee 3–0 Montrose
Elgin City 3 – 2 (a.e.t.) Ayr United
Dunfermline Athletic 5–2 Arbroath
Annan Athletic 0–1 Partick Thistle
Stirling Albion 1–2 Forfar Athletic
Albion Rovers 0–1 Airdrie United
Ross County 2–1 Livingston
Stenhousemuir 1–3 Brechin City
Raith Rovers 4–1 East Fife
Clyde 2–1 Cowdenbeath
Peterhead 1–0 Berwick Rangers
Stranraer 1–7 Greenock Morton
Queen of the South 5–1 Dumbarton
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3–0 Queen's Park
East Stirlingshire 1–2 Alloa Athletic

Source: [2]
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

Second round[edit]

The Second round draw was conducted on 6 August 2010.[3]

Home Team  Score  Away Team
Kilmarnock 6–2 Airdrie United
Brechin City 2 – 2 (a.e.t.)
3 – 1 (pen.)
Dundee
Heart of Midlothian 4–0 Elgin City
Alloa Athletic 0–3 Aberdeen
St. Johnstone 2–0 Greenock Morton
Ross County 3 – 3 (a.e.t.)
4 – 3 (pen.)
St. Mirren
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3–0 Peterhead
Partick Thistle 0–1 Falkirk
Queen of the South 4–1 Forfar Athletic
Raith Rovers 1–0 Hamilton Academical
Dunfermline Athletic 3–2 Clyde

Source: [2]
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

Third round[edit]

The Third round draw was conducted on 31 August 2010.[4]

Home Team  Score  Away Team
Rangers 7–2 Dunfermline Athletic
Kilmarnock 3–1 Hibernian
Aberdeen 3–2 Raith Rovers
Falkirk 4–3 Heart of Midlothian
Celtic 6–0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Ross County 1 – 2 (a.e.t.) Dundee United
St. Johnstone 3–0 Queen of the South
Brechin City 0–2 Motherwell

Source: [2]
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

Quarter-finals[edit]

The Quarter-finals draw was conducted on 23 September 2010.[5] Ties were played on 26 and 27 October.

26 October 2010
19:45
Aberdeen 2–1 Falkirk
Hartley Goal 64'90+5' Report Khalis Goal 33'
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Attendance: 6,710
Referee: Stevie O'Reilly

26 October 2010
19:45
Motherwell 1–0 Dundee United
Gow Goal 86' Report
Fir Park, Motherwell
Attendance: 4,838
Referee: William Collum

27 October 2010
19:30
St. Johnstone 2–3 Celtic
Parkin Goal 31'
Davidson Goal 54'
Report Stokes Goal 8'13'
McGinn Goal 12'
McDiarmid Park, Perth
Attendance: 5,151
Referee: Craig Thomson

27 October 2010
19:45
Kilmarnock 0–2 Rangers
Report Little Goal 25'
Naismith Goal 61'
Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
Attendance: 7,561
Referee: Mike Tumilty

Source:[2]

Semi-finals[edit]

The Semi-finals draw was conducted on 29 October 2010.

29 January 2011
15:00
Aberdeen 1–4 Celtic
Vernon Goal 61' Report Commons Goal 6'
Mulgrew Goal 10'
Rogne Goal 21'
Stokes Goal 34' (pen.)
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 38,085
Referee: Craig Thomson

30 January 2011
15:00
Rangers 2–1 Motherwell
Edu Goal 20'
Naismith Goal 75'
Report Lasley Goal 66'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Referee: William Collum

Final[edit]

20 March 2011
15:00
Final
Rangers 2–1 (a.e.t.) Celtic
Davis Goal 24'
Jelavić Goal 98'
Report Ledley Goal 31'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 51,181
Referee: Craig Thomson

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Co-operative Insurance Cup 2010/11 First Round Draw". Scottish Football League. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Scottish Cups BBC Sport
  3. ^ "The Co-operative Insurance Cup – 2nd Round Draw". Scottish Football League. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Co-operative Insurance Cup Third Round Draw". Scottish Football League. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Co-operative Insurance Cup Quarter-finals Draw". Scottish Football League. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 

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