2010–11 Scottish League Cup
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.
|Dates||31 July 2010 - 20 March 2011|
|Goals scored||171 (0.42 per match)|
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.
- First round: The 30 teams from the previous season's Scottish Football League enter
- Second round: The 15 winners of the First Round are joined by the 7 of last season's SPL sides not in Europe (Heart of Midlothian, St Johnstone, Aberdeen, Hamilton Academical, St Mirren, Kilmarnock and Falkirk) who were relegated from the SPL
- Third round: The 11 winners of the Second Round are joined by the 5 SPL sides in Europe (Rangers, Celtic, Dundee United, Hibernian, Motherwell)
- Quarter-finals: The 8 winners of the third round play
- Semi-finals: The 4 winners of the quarter-finals play
- Final: The 2 winners of the semi-finals play
Adjustments from previous editionsEdit
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.
|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 → 16|
|Third round||Tuesday/Wednesday 21/22 September 2010||8||16 → 8|
|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 resultsEdit
The First round draw was conducted on 28 May 2010.
|Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|Elgin City||3 – 2 (a.e.t.)||Ayr United|
|Annan Athletic||0–1||Partick Thistle|
|Stirling Albion||1–2||Forfar Athletic|
|Albion Rovers||0–1||Airdrie United|
|Raith Rovers||4–1||East Fife|
|Queen of the South||5–1||Dumbarton|
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle||3–0||Queen's Park|
|East Stirlingshire||1–2||Alloa Athletic|
The Second round draw was conducted on 6 August 2010.
|Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|Brechin City||2 – 2 (a.e.t.)
3 – 1 (pen.)
|Heart of Midlothian||4–0||Elgin City|
|St Johnstone||2–0||Greenock Morton|
|Ross County||3 – 3 (a.e.t.)
4 – 3 (pen.)
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle||3–0||Peterhead|
|Queen of the South||4–1||Forfar Athletic|
|Raith Rovers||1–0||Hamilton Academical|
The Third round draw was conducted on 31 August 2010.
|Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|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|
The Quarter-finals draw was conducted on 23 September 2010. Ties were played on 26 and 27 October.
|Hartley 64', 90+5'||Report||Khalis 33'|
|Report||Stokes 8', 13'
The Semi-finals draw was conducted on 29 October 2010.
|Vernon 61'||Report||Commons 6'
Stokes 34' (pen.)
A team, player and young player were chosen by the Scottish sports press as the top performers in each round.
|R1||Greenock Morton||Stewart Kean (Greenock Morton)||Marc McCusker (Clyde)|||
|R2||Brechin City||Gregory Tade (Raith Rovers)||Ryan Flynn (Falkirk)|||
|R3||Jonathan Page (Motherwell)|||
|QF||Paul Hartley (Aberdeen)|||
- "The Co-operative Insurance Cup 2010/11 First Round Draw". Scottish Football League. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
- Scottish Cups BBC Sport
- "The Co-operative Insurance Cup – 2nd Round Draw". Scottish Football League. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
- "The Co-operative Insurance Cup Third Round Draw". Scottish Football League. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
- "The Co-operative Insurance Cup Quarter-finals Draw". Scottish Football League. 23 September 2010. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
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- "Award for Brechin City". SPFL. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
- "Tade picks up honor". SPFL. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
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- "Page nets Co-operative award". Motherwell FC. 6 October 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
- "Award winner Paul Hartley wants bigger prize for Aberdeen". The Scotsman. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2017.