2008 Scottish League Cup Final

The 2008 Scottish League Cup Final was played on 16 March 2008[1] at Hampden Park in Glasgow and was the 61st Scottish League Cup Final. The final was contested by Dundee United, who beat Aberdeen 4–1 in the semi-final,[2] and Rangers, who beat Hearts 2–0.[3] The two sides had last met in a League Cup Final in the 1984–85 season with Rangers winning 1–0 on that occasion. The previous year's winners were Hibernian, who beat Kilmarnock 5–1 in the 2007 Final[4] but they were knocked out in the third round by Motherwell who beat them 4–2, it was the fifth successive year in which both of the previous year's finalists did not make it to the final. Rangers won the match 3–2 on penalties after the match had ended in a 2–2 draw after extra time.

2008 Scottish League Cup Final
Event2007–08 Scottish League Cup
After extra time. Rangers won 3–2 on penalties.
Date16 March 2008
VenueHampden Park, Glasgow
RefereeKenny Clark

Route to the FinalEdit

Dundee UnitedEdit

Home team Score Away team
Round 2[5] Dundee United 3 – 1 Ross County
Round 3 Falkirk 1 – 3 Dundee United
Quarter-final Dundee United 3 – 1 Hamilton Academical
Semi-final Dundee United 4 – 1 Aberdeen


Home team Score Away team
Round 3[5] East Fife 0 – 4 Rangers
Quarter-final Motherwell 1 – 2 Rangers
Semi-final Rangers 2 – 0 Hearts


Team newsEdit

Dundee United manager Craig Levein made four changes after the side's midweek goalless draw at Celtic. Noel Hunt returned to the starting line-up along with Christian Kalvenes, Willo Flood and Morgaro Gomis. Out went David Robertson and Craig Conway, who dropped to the bench and cup-tied duo Danny Grainger and James O'Brien.

Rangers were without the suspended duo Nacho Novo and Charlie Adam, who were replaced by Lee McCulloch and Chris Burke.

Match SummaryEdit

Neither team looked better than the other during a fairly uneventful first 10 minutes. in the 18th minute the Rangers captain Barry Ferguson forced Dundee United's goalkeeper, Łukasz Załuska to produce the first real save of the game. It was Dundee United however who became the dominant team as the first half progressed and took a deserved lead in the 33rd minute, the first shot by Noel Hunt was saved by Allan McGregor but the ball wasn't cleared and Hunt somehow managed to get the ball over the line despite the best efforts of Steven Davis. United could have been two goals in front moments later as Saša Papac almost scored an own goal with a pass back but Carlos Cuéllar was there to clear it off the line.

Before the second half got underway, Rangers manager Walter Smith made a substitution with midfielder Brahim Hemdani making way for Striker Jean-Claude Darcheville. The second half started in a similar way to the first, with neither team in control. United felt they should have been awarded a penalty in the 53rd minute when Cuellar appeared to pull back Christian Kalvenes in the box, but referee Kenny Clark inexplicably waved play on. Walter Smith made another substitution in the 61st minute when the left back Papac was replaced by Striker Kris Boyd. Darcheville headed the ball into the net in the 77th minute from a quickly-taken free-kick, but the referee decided that Ferguson had taken the set-piece too quickly. Rangers scored the equalizing goal with 6 minutes of normal time remaining, Mark Kerr attempted a pass back to his goalkeeper but Boyd was there to score the goal that would take the match into Extra time.

The first half of extra time got underway with Rangers looking the better team, however with just 5 minutes played Mark de Vries restored United's lead when he put the ball past McGregor with a strike from the top-right edge of the box. Rangers dominated the second half and were rewarded when Boyd headed in the equalizer at the back post in 112th minute. The match would be decided by a Penalty shootout, Boyd scored the winning penalty after a miss by Lee Wilkie.

Match detailsEdit

Dundee United2 – 2 (a.e.t.)Rangers
Hunt   34'
de Vries   95'
Report Boyd   85'113'
de Vries  
2 – 3
Dundee United went first
Attendance: 50,019
Referee: K Clark
Dundee United
GK 1   Łukasz Załuska
RB 24   Mihael Kovačević
CB 18   Garry Kenneth
CB 4   Lee Wilkie (c)
LB 3   Christian Kalvenes   94'
RM 20   Prince Buaben   96'
CM 6   Willo Flood
CM 7   Mark Kerr
LM 16   Morgaro Gomis
CF 10   Noel Hunt   78'
CF 22   Mark de Vries
GK 13   Euan McLean
DF 5   Darren Dods
DF 2   Sean Dillon
MF 12   David Robertson   95'
MF 15   Craig Conway   78'
  Craig Levein
GK 1   Allan McGregor
RB 21   Kirk Broadfoot   54'
CB 24   Carlos Cuéllar
CB 3   David Weir
LB 5   Saša Papac   61'
RM 17   Chris Burke   116'
CM 7   Brahim Hemdani   45'
CM 6   Barry Ferguson (c)
CM 23   Christian Dailly
LM 12   Steven Davis
CF 27   Lee McCulloch   64'
GK 25   Neil Alexander
DF 28   Steven Whittaker   116'
MF 8   Kevin Thomson
CF 9   Kris Boyd   61'
CF 19   Jean-Claude Darcheville   45'
  Walter Smith


Dundee United Rangers
Total shots 11 13
Shots on target 4 7
Corner kicks 6 8
Fouls committed 19 19
Yellow cards 1 2
Red cards 0 0


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  2. ^ "Aberdeen 1-4 Dundee United". BBC Sport. 5 February 2008. Archived from the original on 7 February 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
  3. ^ "Rangers 2-0 Hearts". BBC Sport. 30 January 2008. Archived from the original on 1 February 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
  4. ^ "Rangers 2-0 Hearts". BBC Sport. 30 January 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
  5. ^ a b SPL teams receive a bye to the second round; teams competing in Europe into the third.