2016–17 Scottish League Cup

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2016–17 Scottish League Cup
CountryScotland
Dates15 July 2016 – 27 November 2016
Teams44
Defending championsRoss County
ChampionsCeltic
Runners-upAberdeen
Matches played95
Goals scored291 (3.06 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Martyn Waghorn
(7 goals)[1]
All statistics correct as of 27 November 2016.

The 2016–17 Scottish League Cup (also known as the Betfred Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 71st season of Scotland's second-most prestigious football knockout competition.

The format for the 2016–17 competition changed from the previously used knockout-rounds. Instead, it began with eight groups of five teams which included all 2015–16 Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) clubs, excluding those competing in Champions League and Europa League qualifiers, as well as the winners of the 2015–16 Highland Football League (Cove Rangers) and the 2015–16 Lowland Football League (Edinburgh City).

Celtic won the final 3–0 against Aberdeen on 27 November 2016.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Round First match date Fixtures Clubs
Group stage 16 July 2016[3] 80 44 → 16
Second round 9 August 2016[4] 8 16 → 80
Quarter finals 20 September 2016[4] 4 8 → 4
Semifinals 22 October 2016[4] 2 4 → 2
Final 27 November 2016[5] 1 2 → 1

Format[edit]

The competition began with eight groups of five teams. The four clubs competing in the UEFA Champions League (Celtic) and Europa League (Aberdeen, Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian) qualifying rounds were given a bye through to the second round. The 40 teams competing in the group stage consisted of the other nine teams that competed in the 2015–16 Scottish Premiership, nine from the 2015–16 Scottish Championship and all of the teams that competed in the 2015–16 Scottish League One and 2015–16 Scottish League Two, as well as the 2015–16 Highland Football League and the 2015–16 Lowland Football League champions.[3]

The winners of each of the 8 groups, as well as the 4 best runners-up have progressed to the second round (last 16), which will include the four UEFA qualifying clubs.[3] At this stage, the competition reverts to the traditional knock-out format.[3] The four group winners with the highest points total and the clubs entering at this stage were seeded, with the four group winners with the lowest points unseeded along with the four best runners-up.

Bonus point system[edit]

In December 2015, the SPFL announced that alongside the new group stage format, a bonus point system would be introduced to provide greater excitement and increase the number of meaningful games at this stage.[3] The traditional point system of awarding 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw was used, however, for each group stage match that finished in a draw, a penalty shoot-out took place, with the winner being awarded a bonus point.[3]

Group stage[edit]

The group stage was made up of nine teams from the 2015–16 Scottish Premiership, nine teams from the 2015–16 Scottish Championship and 10 teams from each of the 2015–16 Scottish League One and 2015–16 Scottish League Two, as well as the winners of the 2015–16 Highland Football League and 2015–16 Lowland Football League.[3] The 40 teams were divided into two sections: North and South; with each section containing four top seeded teams, four second seeded teams and 12 unseeded teams. Each section was drawn into four groups with each group being made up of 1 top seed, 1 second seed and 3 unseeded sides.[6]

The draw for the group stages took place on Friday 27 May 2016 at 7:30pm BST at the BT Sport Studio in London and was shown live on BT Sport Europe.[7]

North[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PET EFI DND FOR DUM
1 Peterhead (Q) 4 2 1 0 1 8 6 +2 8 Qualification for the Second Round 2–1 2–0
2 East Fife (X) 4 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 8 Possible Second Round 2–1 p1–1
3 Dundee 4 2 0 1 1 15 5 +10 7 7–0 6–2
4 Forfar Athletic 4 1 1 0 2 4 11 −7 5 2–0 p2–2
5 Dumbarton 4 0 0 2 2 7 13 −6 2 3–3p 0–2
Source: SPFL
(Q) Qualified; (X) Advances to Best runners-up.

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification STJ FAL STI BRE ELG
1 St Johnstone (Q) 4 3 0 1 0 11 2 +9 10 Qualification for the Second Round 3–0 4–0
2 Falkirk (X) 4 2 0 0 2 5 4 +1 6 Possible Second Round 2–0 3–0
3 Stirling Albion 4 2 0 0 2 6 7 −1 6 1–0 4–1
4 Brechin City 4 1 1 0 2 5 8 −3 5 p1–1 2–1
5 Elgin City 4 1 0 0 3 6 12 −6 3 1–3 4–2
Source: SPFL
(Q) Qualified; (X) Advances to Best runners-up.

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ICT DUN DNF COW ARB
1 Inverness CT (Q) 4 3 0 1 0 15 3 +12 10 Qualification for the Second Round 1–1p 7–0
2 Dundee United (X) 4 2 2 0 0 10 3 +7 10 Possible Second Round 2–0 6–1
3 Dunfermline Athletic 4 2 0 0 2 7 7 0 6 1–5 3–0
4 Cowdenbeath 4 1 0 0 3 4 11 −7 3 1–2 0–3
5 Arbroath 4 0 0 1 3 1 13 −12 1 1–1p 0–2
Source: SPFL
(Q) Qualified; (X) Advances to Best runners-up.

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ALL RAI ROS COV MON
1 Alloa Athletic (Q) 4 4 0 0 0 10 2 +8 12 Qualification for the Second Round 3–2 4–0
2 Raith Rovers (X) 4 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 8 Possible Second Round 0–1 2–1
3 Ross County 4 2 0 1 1 11 4 +7 7 1–1p 7–0
4 Cove Rangers 4 1 0 0 3 4 13 −9 3 1–2 3–0
5 Montrose 4 0 0 0 4 1 8 −7 0 0–2 0–1
Source: SPFL
(Q) Qualified; (X) Advances to Best runners-up.

South[edit]

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PAR QOS AIR QPA STE
1 Partick Thistle (Q) 4 4 0 0 0 9 2 +7 12 Qualification for the Second Round 2–1 2–0
2 Queen of the South (X) 4 3 0 0 1 6 2 +4 9 Possible Second Round 2–0 1–0
3 Airdrieonians 4 1 1 0 2 5 7 −2 5 0–1 2–1
4 Queen's Park 4 1 0 1 2 5 7 −2 4 0–2 p3–3
5 Stenhousemuir 4 0 0 0 4 2 9 −7 0 1–4 0–2
Source: SPFL
(Q) Qualified; (X) Advances to Best runners-up.

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification RAN MOT STR ANN EST
1 Rangers (Q) 4 4 0 0 0 10 0 +10 12 Qualification for the Second Round 3–0 2–0
2 Motherwell (X) 4 3 0 0 1 9 3 +6 9 Possible Second Round 0–2 3–0
3 Stranraer 4 2 0 0 2 5 8 −3 6 0–3 3–1
4 Annan Athletic 4 1 0 0 3 4 7 −3 3 1–3 1–2
5 East Stirlingshire 4 0 0 0 4 1 11 −10 0 0–3 0–2
Source: SPFL
(Q) Qualified; (X) Advances to Best runners-up.

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification HAM AYR STM LIV EDI
1 Hamilton Academical (Q) 4 3 0 0 1 10 5 +5 9 Qualification for the Second Round 3–0 2–1
2 Ayr United (X) 4 3 0 0 1 5 2 +3 9 Possible Second Round 2–1 1–0
3 St Mirren 4 3 0 0 1 7 5 +2 9 1–0 3–0
4 Livingston 4 1 0 0 3 6 7 −1 3 0–2 2–3
5 Edinburgh City 4 0 0 0 4 2 11 −9 0 2–4 0–3
Source: SPFL
(Q) Qualified; (X) Advances to Best runners-up.

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification GMO KIL CLY ALB BER
1 Morton (Q) 4 3 1 0 0 5 0 +5 11 Qualification for the Second Round 1–0 2–0
2 Kilmarnock (X) 4 2 0 1 1 5 5 0 7 Possible Second Round 0–2 0–0p
3 Clyde 4 1 1 0 2 4 5 −1 5 1–2 p1–1
4 Albion Rovers 4 0 2 1 1 1 2 −1 5 0–0p 1–2
5 Berwick Rangers 4 0 0 2 2 3 6 −3 2 2–3 0–0p
Source: SPFL
(Q) Qualified; (X) Advances to Best runners-up.

Best runners-up[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Dundee United (Q) 4 2 2 0 10 3 +7 10 Qualification to the Second Round
2 Motherwell (Q) 4 3 0 1 9 3 +6 9
3 Queen of the South (Q) 4 3 0 1 6 2 +4 9
4 Ayr United (Q) 4 3 0 1 5 2 +3 9
5 Raith Rovers 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 8
6 East Fife 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 8
7 Kilmarnock 4 2 1 1 5 5 0 7
8 Falkirk 4 2 0 2 5 4 +1 6
Updated to match(es) played on 30 July 2016. Source: BBC
Rules for classification: 1) Points, 2) goal difference, 3) goals scored, 4) away goals scored, 5) matches won, 6) away matches won, 7) drawing of lots[8]
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Knockout phase[edit]

Second round[edit]

Draw and seeding[edit]

The following teams qualified and will compete in the second round of the 2016–17 Scottish League Cup. Aberdeen, Celtic, Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian entered the competition at this stage, after receiving a bye for the group stage due to their participation in UEFA club competitions.

The draw for the second round took place at Tannadice Park following the conclusion of the Dundee UnitedDunfermline Athletic match on 31 July, and was shown live on BT Sport. The four UEFA-qualifying clubs and the four group winners with the best record were seeded for the draw.[9]

Teams in Bold advanced to the quarter-finals.

Seeded Unseeded
Notes
  • † denotes teams playing in the Championship.
  • * denotes team playing in League One.

Matches[edit]

All times are BST (UTC+1).

Quarter-finals[edit]

Draw and seeding[edit]

The quarter-final draw took place at Celtic Park following the conclusion of the CelticMotherwell match on 10 August, and was shown live on BT Sport. The draw was unseeded and ties scheduled for the midweek of 20/21 September.[10]

Teams in Bold advanced to the semi-finals.

Premiership Championship League One

Matches[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

Draw and seeding[edit]

The semi-final draw took place at Pittodrie Stadium following the conclusion of the AberdeenSt Johnstone match on 22 September and was shown live on BT Sport. The draw was unseeded and ties are scheduled for the weekend of 22 October.[4][11]

Teams in Bold advanced to the final.

Premiership Championship

Matches[edit]

Final[edit]

Aberdeen0–3Celtic
SPFL Report Rogic Goal 16'
Forrest Goal 37'
Dembélé Goal 64' (pen.)
Attendance: 49,629
Referee: John Beaton

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of matches played on 23 October 2016[1]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Martyn Waghorn Rangers 7
2 Scotland Brian Graham Ross County 6
Scotland Greg Stewart Dundee
4 France Moussa Dembélé Celtic 5
Scotland Danny Swanson St Johnstone
6 England Scott Boden Inverness CT 4
Scotland Andy Geggan Dunfermline Athletic
Scotland Blair Henderson Stirling Albion
Scotland Rory McAllister Peterhead
Scotland Simon Murray Dundee United
Scotland Jai Quitongo Morton
Scotland Cammy Smith Dundee United
Scotland Iain Vigurs Inverness CT

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Aberdeen 0-3 Celtic: Tomas Rogic, James Forrest and Moussa Dembele hand Brendan Rodgers first trophy as Hoops boss with Betfred Cup win". Daily Mail. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "New League Cup format and TV deal". SPFL. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Betfred Cup group stage fixtures". SPFL. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  5. ^ "2016/17 League Cup Final in November". SPFL. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Betfred Cup draw format & numbers". SPFL. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Betfred Cup draw live on BT Sport". SPFL. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Betfred Cup Format 2016/17". spfl.co.uk. SPFL. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Betfred Cup 2nd-round draw on Sunday". spfl.co.uk. SPFL. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Betfred Cup quarter-final draw details". spfl.co.uk. SPFL. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Betfred Cup semi-final draw tonight". spfl.co.uk. SPFL. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2016.

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