2015–16 Scottish League Cup

The 2015–16 Scottish League Cup was the 70th season of Scotland's second-most prestigious football knockout competition. It is also known as The Scottish League Cup presented by Utilita for sponsorship reasons.[2]

2015–16 Scottish League Cup
Country Scotland
Dates30 July 2015 - 13 March 2016
Teams42
ChampionsRoss County
Runners-upHibernian
Matches played41
Goals scored141 (3.44 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Liam Boyce
Faissal El Bakhtaoui
Jason Cummings
(4 goals)[1]
All statistics correct as of 13 March 2016.

Ross County defeated Hibernian 2-1 in the final on 13 March.[3]

FormatEdit

The competition is a single elimination knock-out competition. In each round, fixtures are determined by random draw, with the first to third rounds seeded according to last season's league positions (higher 50% of finishers drawn v lower 50% of finishers, alternating which is at home with each tie drawn).

Fixtures are played to a finish, with extra time and then penalties used in the event of draws. The competition is open to all clubs in the Scottish Professional Football League. Clubs involved in European competitions are given a bye to the third round to avoid congestion of fixtures.

Qualified teamsEdit

The following teams qualified and competed in the 2015–16 Scottish League Cup.

Scottish Premiership teamsEdit

There are 12 teams from the 2014–15 Scottish Premiership.

Scottish Championship teamsEdit

There are 10 teams from the 2014–15 Scottish Championship.

Scottish League One teamsEdit

There are 10 teams from the 2014–15 Scottish League One.

Scottish League Two teamsEdit

There are 10 teams from the 2014–15 Scottish League Two.

First roundEdit

The first round draw took place on Monday 6 July 2015 at 2:30pm BST at the Hampden Park Stadium. The 30 clubs that participated in the Championship, League One and League Two in the 2014–15 season entered the competition at this stage. The 12 clubs that participated in the 2014–15 Scottish Premiership received a bye.[4]

Draw and SeedingEdit

Pot 1 Pot 2

Scottish Championship:
01. Heart of Midlothian
02. Hibernian
03. Rangers
04. Queen of the South
05. Falkirk
06. Raith Rovers
07. Dumbarton
08. Livingston
09. Alloa Athletic
10. Cowdenbeath

Scottish League One:
11. Greenock Morton
12. Stranraer
13. Forfar Athletic
14. Brechin City
15. Airdrieonians

Scottish League One:
16. Peterhead
17. Dunfermline Athletic
18. Ayr United
19. Stenhousemuir
20. Stirling Albion

Scottish League Two:
21. Albion Rovers
22. Queen's Park
23. Arbroath
24. East Fife
25. Annan Athletic
26. Clyde
27. Elgin City
28. Berwick Rangers
29. East Stirlingshire
30. Montrose

MatchesEdit

Second roundEdit

The second round draw took place on Monday 3 August 2015 at 2:30pm BST at the Hampden Park Stadium. The clubs that finished in the bottom 7 places of last season's Premiership entered at this stage joining the 15 first round winners.[5]

Draw and SeedingEdit

Pot 1 Pot 2

Scottish Premiership:
01. Dundee
02. Hamilton Academical
03. Partick Thistle
04. Ross County
05. Kilmarnock
06. Motherwell
07. St Mirren

Scottish Championship:
08. Heart of Midlothian
09. Hibernian
10. Rangers
11. Queen of the South

Scottish Championship:
12. Falkirk
13. Raith Rovers
14. Livingston

Scottish League One:
15. Greenock Morton
16. Stranraer
17. Forfar Athletic
18. Airdrieonians
19. Dunfermline Athletic
20. Ayr United

Scottish League Two:
21. East Fife
22. Berwick Rangers

MatchesEdit

Third roundEdit

The third round draw took place on Thursday 27 August 2015 at 2:30pm BST at the Hampden Park Stadium. The 4 clubs that participated in the 2014–15 Scottish Premiership season and qualified for European competition entered the competition at this stage along with Dundee United, the highest placed non-Europe qualifying side.[6]

Draw and SeedingEdit

Pot 1 Pot 2

Scottish Premiership:
01. Celtic
02. Aberdeen
03. Inverness Caledonian Thistle
04. St Johnstone
05. Dundee United
06. Ross County
07. Kilmarnock
08. Motherwell

Scottish Championship:
09. Heart of Midlothian
10. Hibernian
11. Rangers
12. Falkirk
13. Raith Rovers
14. Livingston

Scottish League One:
15. Greenock Morton
16. Dunfermline Athletic

MatchesEdit

Quarter-FinalsEdit

Draw and SeedingEdit

The quarter-final draw took place on Monday 28 September 2015 at 2:30pm at Hampden Park, all teams were placed in the same pot.[7]

Pot 1

Scottish Premiership:
01. Celtic
02. Inverness Caledonian Thistle
03. St Johnstone
04. Dundee United
05. Ross County
06. Heart of Midlothian

Scottish Championship:
07. Hibernian

Scottish League One:
08. Greenock Morton

MatchesEdit

Semi-FinalsEdit

Draw and seedingEdit

The semi-final draw took place on Monday 9 November 2015 at 2:00pm at Hampden Park, all teams were placed in the same pot.[8]

Pot 1

Scottish Premiership:
01. Celtic
02. St Johnstone
03. Ross County

Scottish Championship:
04. Hibernian

MatchesEdit

FinalEdit

Hibernian1–2Ross County
Fontaine   45' BBC Sport Report Gardyne   25'
Schalk   90'
Attendance: 38,296
Referee: Kevin Clancy

StatisticsEdit

Top goalscorersEdit

As of matches played on 13 March 2016[1]
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Liam Boyce Ross County 4
  Jason Cummings Hibernian
  Faissal El Bakhtaoui Dunfermline Athletic
4   Michael Gardyne Ross County 3
  James Tavernier Rangers
5 18 players 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2015–16 Scottish League Cup scorers". ESPN. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Scottish League Cup: Energy firm Utilita agree sponsorship deal". BBC Sport. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Alex Schalk hands Ross County fairytale finish over Hibernian". Guardian. 13 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  4. ^ http://spfl.co.uk/news/article/league-cup-r1-draw-details/
  5. ^ http://spfl.co.uk/news/article/league-cup-second-round-draw-29/
  6. ^ "League Cup third-round draw details". Scottish Professional Football League. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  7. ^ "League Cup quarter-final draw". Scottish Professional Football League. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  8. ^ "League Cup semi-final draw". Scottish Professional Football League. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.

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