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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.

2010–11 Co-operative Insurance Cup
Country Scotland
Dates31 July 2010 - 20 March 2011
Teams42
Defending championsRangers
ChampionsRangers
Runners-upCeltic
Matches played410
Goals scored171 (0.42 per match)

FormatEdit

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 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.

ScheduleEdit

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 resultsEdit

First roundEdit

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]

Second roundEdit

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]

Third roundEdit

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]

Quarter-finalsEdit

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

Aberdeen2–1Falkirk
Hartley   64'90+5' Report Khalis   33'
Attendance: 6,710

Motherwell1–0Dundee United
Gow   86' Report
Fir Park, Motherwell
Attendance: 4,838

St Johnstone2–3Celtic
Parkin   31'
Davidson   54'
Report Stokes   8'13'
McGinn   12'
Attendance: 5,151
Referee: Craig Thomson

Kilmarnock0–2Rangers
Report Little   25'
Naismith   61'
Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
Attendance: 7,561
Referee: Mike Tumilty

Source:[2]

Semi-finalsEdit

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

Aberdeen1–4Celtic
Vernon   61' Report Commons   6'
Mulgrew   10'
Rogne   21'
Stokes   34' (pen.)
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 38,085
Referee: Craig Thomson

Rangers2–1Motherwell
Edu   20'
Naismith   75'
Report Lasley   66'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 23,432

FinalEdit

Final
Rangers2–1 (a.e.t.)Celtic
Davis   24'
Jelavić   98'
Report Ledley   31'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 51,181
Referee: Craig Thomson

AwardsEdit

A team, player and young player were chosen by the Scottish sports press as the top performers in each round.

Round Team Player Young player Ref
R1 Greenock Morton Stewart Kean (Greenock Morton) Marc McCusker (Clyde) [6][7][8][9]
R2 Brechin City Gregory Tade (Raith Rovers) Ryan Flynn (Falkirk) [10][11][12]
R3 Jonathan Page (Motherwell) [13]
QF Paul Hartley (Aberdeen) [14]
SF

ReferencesEdit

  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. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  6. ^ "The Co-operative Insurance Cup First Round Awards". SPFL. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  7. ^ "The Co-operative Insurance Cup First Round Awards (2)". SPFL. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Youth Award for Marc". Clyde. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Co-operative Insurance Cup 2nd Round: St Johnstone v Morton". Daily Record. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Award for Brechin City". SPFL. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Tade picks up honor". SPFL. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Ryan Flynn - Young Player of Round Two". SPFL. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Page nets Co-operative award". Motherwell FC. 6 October 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Award winner Paul Hartley wants bigger prize for Aberdeen". The Scotsman. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2017.

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