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The 2016–17 Scottish League Cup was the 71st season of Scotland's second-most prestigious football knockout competition. It is also known as the Betfred Cup for sponsorship reasons.

2016–17 Scottish League Cup
Country Scotland
Dates15 July 2016 – 27 November 2016
Teams44
ChampionsCeltic
Runners-upAberdeen
Matches played95
Goals scored291 (3.06 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Martyn Waghorn
(7 goals)[1]
All statistics correct as of 27 November 2016.

The format for the 2016–17 competition has changed from the previously used knockout-rounds. Instead, it began with eight groups of five teams which included all Scottish Professional Football League clubs (including East Stirlingshire, who were relegated from the league at the end of the 2015–16 season), excluding those competing in Champions League and Europa League qualifiers, as well as the top 2015–16 Highland Football League club (Cove Rangers) and the highest placed team from the 2015–16 Lowland Football League (Edinburgh City, who were promoted to the SPFL at the end of the 2015–16 season).

Celtic won the final 3–0 against Aberdeen on 27 November 2016.[2]

Contents

ScheduleEdit

Round First match date Fixtures Clubs
Group stage 16 July 2016[3] 80 44 → 16
Second round 9 August 2016[4] 8 16 → 80
Quarter finals 20 September 2016[4] 4 8 → 4
Semifinals 22 October 2016[4] 2 4 → 2
Final 27 November 2016[5] 1 2 → 1

FormatEdit

The competition began with eight groups of five teams. The four clubs competing in the UEFA Champions League (Celtic) and Europa League (Aberdeen, Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian) qualifying rounds were given a bye through to the second round. The 40 teams competing in the group stage consisted of the other nine teams that competed in the 2015–16 Scottish Premiership, nine from the 2015–16 Scottish Championship and all of the teams that competed in the 2015–16 Scottish League One and 2015–16 Scottish League Two, as well as the 2015–16 Highland Football League and the 2015–16 Lowland Football League champions.[3]

The winners of each of the 8 groups, as well as the 4 best runners-up have progressed to the second round (last 16), which will include the four UEFA qualifying clubs.[3] At this stage, the competition reverts to the traditional knock-out format.[3] The four group winners with the highest points total and the clubs entering at this stage were seeded, with the four group winners with the lowest points unseeded along with the four best runners-up.

Bonus point systemEdit

In December 2015, the SPFL announced that alongside the new group stage format, a bonus point system would be introduced to provide greater excitement and increase the number of meaningful games at this stage.[3] The traditional point system of awarding 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw was used, however, for each group stage match that finished in a draw, a penalty shoot-out took place, with the winner being awarded a bonus point.[3]

Group stageEdit

The group stage was made up of nine teams from the 2015–16 Scottish Premiership, nine teams from the 2015–16 Scottish Championship and 10 teams from each of the 2015–16 Scottish League One and 2015–16 Scottish League Two, as well as the winners of the 2015–16 Highland Football League and 2015–16 Lowland Football League.[3] The 40 teams were divided into two sections: North and South; with each section containing four top seeded teams, four second seeded teams and 12 unseeded teams. Each section was drawn into four groups with each group being made up of 1 top seed, 1 second seed and 3 unseeded sides.[6]

The draw for the group stages took place on Friday 27 May 2016 at 7:30pm BST at the BT Sport Studio in London and was shown live on BT Sport Europe.[7]

North sectionEdit

SeedingEdit

Teams in Bold qualified for the second round

Top seeds Second seeds Unseeded

01. St Johnstone
02. Ross County
03. Inverness CT
04. Dundee

09. Dundee United
10. Falkirk
11. Raith Rovers
12. Dumbarton

GroupsEdit

Group AEdit
Pos Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PET EFI DND FOR DUM
1 Peterhead (Q) 4 2 1 0 1 8 6 +2 8 Qualification to the Second Round 2–1 2–0
2 East Fife (X) 4 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 8 Possible Second Round as one of the 4 best runners up 2–1 1–1
(4–2 p)
3 Dundee 4 2 0 1 1 15 5 +10 7 7–0 6–2
4 Forfar Athletic 4 1 1 0 2 4 11 −7 5 2–0 2–2
(5–3 p)
5 Dumbarton 4 0 0 2 2 7 13 −6 2 3–3
(5–6 p)
0–2
Updated to match(es) played on 30 July 2016. Source: BBC
(Q) Qualified; (X) Advances to Best runners-up.
Group BEdit
Pos Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification STJ FAL STI BRE ELG
1 St Johnstone (Q) 4 3 0 1 0 11 2 +9 10 Qualification to the Second Round 3–0 4–0
2 Falkirk (X) 4 2 0 0 2 5 4 +1 6 Possible Second Round as one of the 4 best runners up 2–0 3–0
3 Stirling Albion 4 2 0 0 2 6 7 −1 6 1–0 4–1
4 Brechin City 4 1 1 0 2 5 8 −3 5 1–1
(4–2 p)
2–1
5 Elgin City 4 1 0 0 3 6 12 −6 3 1–3 4–2
Updated to match(es) played on 30 July 2016. Source: BBC
(Q) Qualified; (X) Advances to Best runners-up.
Group CEdit
Pos Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification INV DUN DNF COW ARB
1 Inverness CT (Q) 4 3 0 1 0 15 3 +12 10 Qualification to the Second Round 1–1
(1–4 p)
7–0
2 Dundee United (X) 4 2 2 0 0 10 3 +7 10 Possible Second Round as one of the 4 best runners up 2–0 6–1
3 Dunfermline Athletic 4 2 0 0 2 7 7 0 6 1–5 3–0
4 Cowdenbeath 4 1 0 0 3 4 11 −7 3 1–2 0–3
5 Arbroath 4 0 0 1 3 1 13 −12 1 1–1
(3–5 p)
0–2
Updated to match(es) played on 31 July 2016. Source: BBC
(Q) Qualified; (X) Advances to Best runners-up.
Group DEdit
Pos Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ALO RAI ROS COVE MON
1 Alloa Athletic (Q) 4 4 0 0 0 10 2 +8 12 Qualification to the Second Round 3–2 4–0
2 Raith Rovers (X) 4 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 8 Possible Second Round as one of the 4 best runners up 0–1 2–1
3 Ross County 4 2 0 1 1 11 4 +7 7 1–1
(3–4 p)
7–0
4 Cove Rangers 4 1 0 0 3 4 13 −9 3 1–2 3–0
5 Montrose 4 0 0 0 4 1 8 −7 0 0–2 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 30 July 2016. Source: BBC
(Q) Qualified; (X) Advances to Best runners-up.

South sectionEdit

SeedingEdit

Teams in Bold qualified for the second round

Top seeds Second seeds Unseeded

05. Motherwell
06. Partick Thistle
07. Hamilton Academical
08. Kilmarnock

13. Rangers
14. Greenock Morton
15. St Mirren
16. Queen of the South

GroupsEdit

Group EEdit
Pos Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PAR QOS AIR QPA STE
1 Partick Thistle (Q) 4 4 0 0 0 9 2 +7 12 Qualification to the Second Round 2–1 2–0
2 Queen of the South (X) 4 3 0 0 1 6 2 +4 9 Possible Second Round as one of the 4 best runners up 2–0 1–0
3 Airdrieonians 4 1 1 0 2 5 7 −2 5 0–1 2–1
4 Queen's Park 4 1 0 1 2 5 7 −2 4 0–2 3–3
(7–8 p)
5 Stenhousemuir 4 0 0 0 4 2 9 −7 0 1–4 0–2
Updated to match(es) played on 30 July 2016. Source: BBC
(Q) Qualified; (X) Advances to Best runners-up.
Group FEdit
Pos Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification RAN MOT STR ANN EST
1 Rangers (Q) 4 4 0 0 0 10 0 +10 12 Qualification to the Second Round 3–0 2–0
2 Motherwell (X) 4 3 0 0 1 9 3 +6 9 Possible Second Round as one of the 4 best runners up 0–2 3–0
3 Stranraer 4 2 0 0 2 5 8 −3 6 0–3 3–1
4 Annan Athletic 4 1 0 0 3 4 7 −3 3 1–3 1–2
5 East Stirlingshire 4 0 0 0 4 1 11 −10 0 0–3 0–2
Updated to match(es) played on 30 July 2016. Source: BBC
(Q) Qualified; (X) Advances to Best runners-up.
Group GEdit
Pos Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification HAM AYR STM LIV EDC
1 Hamilton Academical (Q) 4 3 0 0 1 10 5 +5 9 Qualification to the Second Round 3–0 2–1
2 Ayr United (X) 4 3 0 0 1 5 2 +3 9 Possible Second Round as one of the 4 best runners up 2–1 1–0
3 St Mirren 4 3 0 0 1 7 5 +2 9 1–0 3–0
4 Livingston 4 1 0 0 3 6 7 −1 3 0–2 2–3
5 Edinburgh City 4 0 0 0 4 2 11 −9 0 2–4 0–3
Updated to match(es) played on 30 July 2016. Source: BBC
(Q) Qualified; (X) Advances to Best runners-up.
Group HEdit
Pos Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification GMO KIL CLY ALB BER
1 Morton (Q) 4 3 1 0 0 5 0 +5 11 Qualification to the Second Round 1–0 2–0
2 Kilmarnock (X) 4 2 0 1 1 5 5 0 7 Possible Second Round as one of the 4 best runners up 0–2 0–0
(3–5 p)
3 Clyde 4 1 1 0 2 4 5 −1 5 1–2 1–1
(6–5 p)
4 Albion Rovers 4 0 2 1 1 1 2 −1 5 0–0
(3–4 p)
1–2
5 Berwick Rangers 4 0 0 2 2 3 6 −3 2 2–3 0–0
(4–5 p)
Updated to match(es) played on 30 July 2016. Source: BBC
(Q) Qualified; (X) Advances to Best runners-up.

Best runners-upEdit

Pos Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Dundee United (Q) 4 2 2 0 0 10 3 +7 10 Qualification to the Second Round
2 Motherwell (Q) 4 3 0 0 1 9 3 +6 9
3 Queen of the South (Q) 4 3 0 0 1 6 2 +4 9
4 Ayr United (Q) 4 3 0 0 1 5 2 +3 9
5 Raith Rovers 4 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 8
6 East Fife 4 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 8
7 Kilmarnock 4 2 0 1 1 5 5 0 7
8 Falkirk 4 2 0 0 2 4 4 0 6
Updated to match(es) played on 31 July 2016. Source: BBC
(Q) Qualified.

Tiebreakers: 1) goal difference, 2) goals scored, 3) away goals scored, 4) matches won, 5) away matches won, 6) drawing of lots[8]

Knockout phaseEdit

Second roundEdit

Draw and seedingEdit

The following teams qualified and will compete in the second round of the 2016–17 Scottish League Cup. Aberdeen, Celtic, Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian entered the competition at this stage, after receiving a bye for the group stage due to their participation in UEFA club competitions.

The draw for the second round took place at Tannadice Park following the conclusion of the Dundee UnitedDunfermline Athletic match on 31 July, and was shown live on BT Sport. The four UEFA-qualifying clubs and the four group winners with the best record were seeded for the draw.[9]

Teams in Bold advanced to the quarter-finals.

Seeded Unseeded

MatchesEdit

All times are BST (UTC+1).

Quarter-finalsEdit

Draw and seedingEdit

The quarter-final draw took place at Celtic Park following the conclusion of the CelticMotherwell match on 10 August, and was shown live on BT Sport. The draw was unseeded and ties scheduled for the midweek of 20/21 September.[10]

Teams in Bold advanced to the semi-finals.

Premiership Championship League One

MatchesEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

Draw and seedingEdit

The semi-final draw took place at Pittodrie Stadium following the conclusion of the AberdeenSt Johnstone match on 22 September and was shown live on BT Sport. The draw was unseeded and ties are scheduled for the weekend of 22 October.[4][11]

Teams in Bold advanced to the final.

Premiership Championship

MatchesEdit

FinalEdit

Aberdeen0–3Celtic
SPFL Report Rogic   16'
Forrest   37'
Dembélé   64' (pen.)
Attendance: 49,629
Referee: John Beaton

Top goalscorersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2016 Scottish League Cup scorers". ESPN. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Aberdeen 0-3 Celtic: Tomas Rogic, James Forrest and Moussa Dembele hand Brendan Rodgers first trophy as Hoops boss with Betfred Cup win". Daily Mail. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "New League Cup format and TV deal". SPFL. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Betfred Cup group stage fixtures". SPFL. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  5. ^ "2016/17 League Cup Final in November". SPFL. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Betfred Cup draw format & numbers". SPFL. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Betfred Cup draw live on BT Sport". SPFL. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Betfred Cup Format 2016/17". spfl.co.uk. SPFL. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Betfred Cup 2nd-round draw on Sunday". spfl.co.uk. SPFL. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Betfred Cup quarter-final draw details". spfl.co.uk. SPFL. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Betfred Cup semi-final draw tonight". spfl.co.uk. SPFL. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2016.

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