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2016 Scottish League Cup Final (November)

The November 2016 Scottish League Cup Final was the 71st final of the Scottish League Cup and took place on 27 November 2016 at Hampden Park, Glasgow. The clubs contesting the final were Aberdeen and Celtic, with Celtic winning 3–0. It was their 16th League Cup triumph and the 100th major trophy in their history.[1][2][3][4]

2016 Scottish League Cup Final (November)
Event2016–17 Scottish League Cup
Date27 November 2016
VenueHampden Park, Glasgow
RefereeJohn Beaton

This was the second Scottish League Cup final played in 2016, as the 2015–16 competition was concluded in March and since the 2016–17 season the competition has been completed in the first half of the season.[5]


Route to the finalEdit

As both clubs participated in European competitions, they both received a bye through the 2016–17 Scottish League Cup group stage.[5]


Round Opposition Score
Second round Ayr United 2–1 (a)
Quarter-final St Johnstone 1–0 (h)
Semi-final Greenock Morton 2–0 (n)

Aberdeen were seeded for the second round draw and were drawn to face Group G runners-up Ayr United away from home on 10 August.[6] The away side took an early lead after a Daryll Meggatt own goal. Niall McGinn doubled the lead midway through the first half before Alan Forrest brought Ayr back into the game just before half-time. The Dons survived a late onslaught from the Honest Men to advance with a 2–1 win.[7]

From the quarter-finals onwards there was no seeding and Aberdeen were drawn at home to fellow Premiership side St Johnstone on 22 September. Another nervy encounter followed as the Dons required a last-minute Adam Rooney goal to win 1–0.[8]

Aberdeen were drawn to face Championship side Greenock Morton in the semi-finals at Hampden Park on 22 October. The Dons hadn't won a match at the National Stadium for 16 years but goals from Rooney and Kenny McLean in a game Aberdeen dominated saw them into the final.[9]


Round Opposition Score
Second round Motherwell 5–0 (h)
Quarter-final Alloa Athletic 2–0 (h)
Semi-final Rangers 1–0 (n)

Celtic were seeded for the second round draw and were drawn at home to face Group F runners-up Motherwell on 10 August.[6] The home side dominated the match, with 65% possession and 26 shots, 16 on target to Motherwell's 4 off target shots. Moussa Dembélé and Tom Rogic score twice with Scott Sinclair also scoring as Celtic won 5–0.[10]

Celtic were given another home draw to Alloa Athletic in the quarter-finals on 21 September. The League One side proved to be stubborn outfit but late goals from James Forrest and Dembélé saw Celtic through with a 2–0 win.[11]

Celtic were drawn to play archrivals Rangers in the semi-final at Hampden Park on 26 October. The last time the two sides met in the League Cup was a 2–0 Celtic win at this stage in 2015. This time, Celtic required a late Dembélé goal to see off their Old Firm rivals despite dominating the match.[12]



In the 16th minute of the match Tom Rogic cut in form the right and shot left footed from just inside the penalty area into the left corner of the net to give Celtic the lead. It was 2-0 in the 37th minute when James Forrest picked up the ball in the centre of the pitch and ran at the Aberdeen defence before scoring with a low right footed shot from inside the penalty area.[13] In the 64th minute James Forrest was brought down in the penalty area by Anthony O'Connor, with Moussa Dembélé scoring the resulting penalty with a low shot to the right corner to make it 3-0.[14]


SPFL report Rogic   16'
Forrest   37'
Dembélé   64' (pen.)
Attendance: 49,629
GK 1   Joe Lewis
RB 2   Shay Logan
CB 4   Andrew Considine
CB 5   Ash Taylor
LB 15   Anthony O'Connor   65'
CM 3   Graeme Shinnie
CM 22   Ryan Jack (c)
AM 7   Kenny McLean
AM 11   Jonny Hayes   71'
AM 23   James Maddison
CF 9   Adam Rooney   79'
GK 25   Neil Alexander
DF 6   Mark Reynolds
FW 8   Wes Burns   79'
MF 10   Niall McGinn   71'
MF 16   Peter Pawlett
FW 17   Jayden Stockley   65'
FW 39   Miles Storey
  Derek McInnes
GK 1   Craig Gordon
RB 23   Mikael Lustig
CB 5   Jozo Šimunović
CB 28   Erik Sviatchenko
LB 3   Emilio Izaguirre
CM 8   Scott Brown (c)   48'
CM 14   Stuart Armstrong
AM 18   Tom Rogic   77'
AM 27   Patrick Roberts   65'
AM 49   James Forrest   90+1'
CF 10   Moussa Dembélé
GK 24   Dorus de Vries
DF 2   Kolo Touré
MF 6   Nir Bitton   73'   65'
FW 9   Leigh Griffiths   90+1'
DF 12   Cristian Gamboa
MF 16   Gary Mackay-Steven
MF 42   Callum McGregor   77'
  Brendan Rodgers



  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions


  1. ^ "League Cup final: Aberdeen 0-3 Celtic as it happened". BBC Sport. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Aberdeen 0-3 Celtic as it happened". Guardian. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Aberdeen 0 Celtic 3: Brendan Rodgers wins first trophy to spark talk of a treble". Telegraph. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ a b "2016/17 League Cup Final in November". Scottish Professional Football League. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Betfred Cup 2nd-round draw on Sunday". SPFL. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Ayr United 1–2 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  8. ^ McLaughlin, Brian (22 September 2016). "Aberdeen 1–0 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  9. ^ Wilson, Richard (22 October 2016). "Scottish League Cup semi-final: Greenock Morton 0–2 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  10. ^ English, Tom (10 August 2016). "Celtic 5–0 Motherwell". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  11. ^ Barnes, John (21 September 2016). "Scottish League Cup: Celtic 2–0 Alloa Athletic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  12. ^ English, Tom (23 October 2016). "Rangers 0–1 Celtic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Celtic brush Aberdeen aside and claim League Cup as 100th major trophy". Guardian. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Aberdeen 0-3 Celtic". Daily Mirror. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2016.

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