2017–18 Scottish Cup

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2017–18 William Hill Scottish Cup
Country Scotland
Teams91
Defending championsCeltic
ChampionsCeltic
Runners-upMotherwell
Matches played96
Goals scored340 (3.54 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Rory McAllister
(7 goals)[1]
All statistics correct as of 19 May 2018.

The 2017–18 Scottish Cup was the 133rd season of Scotland's most prestigious football knockout competition. The tournament was sponsored by bookmaker William Hill in what is the seventh season of a nine-year partnership, after contract negotiations saw the initial five-year contract extended for an additional four years in October 2015.[2]

The defending champions were Celtic who won the 2017 Scottish Cup Final on 27 May 2017.[3]

Calendar[edit]

The calendar for the 2017–18 Scottish Cup qualifying rounds, as announced by Scottish Football Association.[4]

Round Main date Number of fixtures Clubs New Entries
Preliminary Round 1 12 August 2017 3 91 → 88 15
Preliminary Round 2 2 September 2017 6 88 → 82 None
First Round 23 September 2017 18 82 → 64 30
Second Round 14 October 2017 16 64 → 48 14
Third Round 18 November 2017 16 48 → 32 16
Fourth Round 20 January 2018 16 32 → 16 16
Fifth Round 10 February 2018 8 16 → 8 None
Quarter-Finals 3 March 2018 4 8 → 4 None
Semi-Finals 14 & 15 April 2018 2 4 → 2 None
Final 19 May 2018 1 2 → 1 None

Preliminary rounds[edit]

The draw for the preliminary rounds took place on Monday, 10 July 2017 at Hampden Park and was made by Scotland internationals Gemma Fay and Ifeoma Dieke.[5]

15 clubs were involved in the draw, of which nine received a bye to the second preliminary round, while the other six entered the first preliminary round. The teams competing in these rounds were made up of teams from the East of Scotland Football League (5), South of Scotland Football League (3), North Caledonian Football League (1), Scottish Junior Football Association (4) and the Scottish Amateur Football Association (2). Glenafton Athletic took part in the Scottish Cup for the first time after winning the 2016–17 West of Scotland Super League Premier Division and the 2016–17 Scottish Junior Cup.

There were three parts to the draw. The first part determined which nine clubs, from the 11 eligible, received a bye to the second preliminary round. The two clubs which did not receive a bye into the second preliminary round entered the first preliminary round. Three ties were then drawn in the first preliminary round to be played on Saturday, 12 August 2017. The final part of the draw saw six ties drawn in the second preliminary round to be played on Saturday, 2 September 2017. Wigtown & Bladnoch were in the draw when it was first announced, but withdrew from the competition before the date of the draw.[6]

Preliminary round one[edit]

Draw[edit]

Clubs with a valid club licence at the date of the draw are eligible for a bye to the second preliminary round.[6] Teams in Bold advanced to the first round.

Clubs eligible for a bye Clubs participating in the first preliminary round draw
  1. Banks O’Dee
  2. Burntisland Shipyard
  3. Coldstream
  4. Girvan
  5. Glasgow University
  6. Golspie Sutherland
  7. Linlithgow Rose
  8. Newton Stewart
  9. Preston Athletic
  10. St Cuthbert Wanderers
  11. Threave Rovers
  1. Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale (2016–17 EoSFL winners)
  2. Glenafton Athletic (2016–17 West Super League and Junior Cup winners)
  3. Kelty Hearts (2016–17 East Superleague winners)
  4. Colville Park (2016–17 Scottish Amateur Cup winners)

The following teams received a bye to the Second Preliminary Round: Banks O’Dee, Coldstream, Girvan, Glasgow University, Golspie Sutherland, Linlithgow Rose, Preston Athletic, St Cuthbert Wanderers and Threave Rovers.[5]

Matches[edit]

Preliminary round two[edit]

Matches[edit]

Replay[edit]

First round[edit]

The first round took place on the weekend of 23 September 2017. Along with the six winners from the second preliminary round, there were 30 new entries at this stage, 14 from the Lowland Football League and 16 from the Highland Football League.[6]

Draw[edit]

The draw for the first round was made at 5:30 pm on 2 September 2017 at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie and was made by Davie Hay, representing defending champions Celtic and Donnie Fergusson from hosts Glasgow University.[7]

Teams in Italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the second round.

Lowland Football League Highland Football League Other

East of Scotland teams

South of Scotland teams

SJFA teams

SAFA teams

Matches[edit]

Replays[edit]

Second round[edit]

The second round took place on the weekend of 14 October 2017. Along with the 18 winners from the first round, there were 14 new entries at this stage, two from the Lowland Football League, two from the Highland Football League and all 10 from League Two.[6]

Draw[edit]

The draw for the second round was made at 17:45 on 23 September 2017 at Ayr Racecourse. The draw was made by former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff and former Ayr United striker James Grady.[8]

Teams in Italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the third round.

Scottish League Two Lowland Football League Highland Football League Other

East of Scotland teams

SJFA teams

SAFA teams

Matches[edit]

Third round[edit]

The third round took take place on the weekend of 18 November 2017. Along with the 16 winners from the first round, there were 16 new entries at this stage, all 10 from League One and six from the Championship.[6]

Draw[edit]

The draw for the third round was made at 5:45pm on Saturday 14 October 2017 at Links Park, Montrose. The draw was made by Archie Knox and Derek Sim, chairman of Links Park Community Trust.[9] The draw had to be re-done following a mix-up that lead to Brora Rangers being drawn twice. Of the 16 ties, 15 had already been drawn, including Glenafton Athletic-Queen of the South and Brora Rangers-Queen's Park, before the mistake was discovered. The Scottish Football Association claimed that the draw had to be re-done due to "a technical issue" in incident mirroring the 2016 quarter-final draw where when one of the balls containing the club names split open before it was pulled out.[10][11]

Teams in Bold advanced to the fourth round.

Scottish Championship Scottish League One Scottish League Two Other

Lowland Football League

Highland Football League

East of Scotland teams

SJFA teams

Matches[edit]

Replay[edit]

Fourth round[edit]

The draw for the fourth round was made at 4:45pm on Monday, 20 November 2017. The draw was made by Doddie Weir and Colin Cameron.[12]

Draw[edit]

Teams in Bold advanced to the fifth round.

Scottish Premiership Scottish Championship Scottish League One Scottish League Two Highland Football League

Matches[edit]

Replay[edit]

Fifth round[edit]

The draw for the fifth round was made live on Sky Sports Football at Tynecastle Park following Heart of Midlothian's Edinburgh derby victory on Sunday, 21 January 2018. The draw was made by Amy MacDonald and David Weir.[13]

Draw[edit]

Teams in italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the quarter-finals.

Scottish Premiership Scottish Championship Scottish League One Highland Football League

Matches[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals was made live on Sky Sports Football at Pittodrie Stadium following Aberdeen's tie against Dundee United on Sunday, 11 February 2018. The draw was made by Russell Anderson and Rachel Corsie.[14]

Draw[edit]

Teams in Bold advanced to the semi-finals.

Scottish Premiership Scottish Championship

Matches[edit]

Replay[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

The draw for the semi-finals was made live on Sky Sports Football at Ibrox Stadium following Rangers' tie against Falkirk on Sunday, 4 March 2018. The draw was made by Neil Alexander and Gordon Reid.[15]

Draw[edit]

Teams in italics were not known at the time of the draw. Teams in Bold advanced to the final.

Scottish Premiership

Matches[edit]

Final[edit]

Celtic2–0Motherwell
McGregor Goal 11'
Ntcham Goal 25'
Report
Attendance: 49,967
Referee: Kevin Clancy

Media coverage[edit]

From round four onwards, selected matches from the Scottish Cup are broadcast live in the UK and Ireland by BBC Scotland and Sky Sports. BBC Scotland has the option to show one tie per round, with Sky Sports showing two ties per round with one replay; Sky Sports show both semi-finals live with one also on BBC Scotland, and both channels screen the final live.

The following matches are to be broadcast live on UK television:

Round BBC Scotland Sky Sports
Fourth Round Aberdeen v St Mirren Fraserburgh v Rangers
Heart of Midlothian v Hibernian
Fifth Round Celtic v Partick Thistle Ayr United v Rangers
Aberdeen v Dundee United
Quarter-Finals Motherwell v Heart of Midlothian Celtic v Greenock Morton
Rangers v Falkirk
Semi-Finals Motherwell v Aberdeen Motherwell v Aberdeen
Celtic v Rangers
Final Celtic v Motherwell Celtic v Motherwell

References[edit]

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