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Scottish League Cup

The Scottish Football League Cup is an association football competition open to all Scottish Football League and Scottish Premier League clubs. At present it is also known as the Co-operative Insurance Cup owing to the sponsorship deal in place with Co-operative Insurance Society. In the past it has been sponsored by Coca-Cola, Skol Lager, and Bell's Whisky. The competition, like the Scottish Cup, is currently a straight knockout format.

Rangers are the current holders after defeating Dundee United at Hampden Park on 16 March 2008. After the match was drawn 2-2 after extra time, it went to penalties which Rangers won 3-2 in a shootout full of saves and misses by both sides.

Currently, the domestic television and radio rights are held by BBC Scotland.

Current format

The competition is open only to the 42 senior clubs who compete in the Scottish Premier League or Scottish Football League. There are no replays, so all matches ending in a draw after 90 minutes are decided by extra time and, if necessary, penalty kicks.

The four teams who, based on results of the previous season, have qualified for UEFA competitions are given a bye until the 3rd round of competition while the ten teams who finished highest in the SPL/SFL without qualifying for Europe receive a bye into the 2nd round.

The remaining 28 teams begin play from the 1st round. They are drawn into random pairings with the games played at the stadium of the first team drawn. The 14 teams advancing from the first round are joined by the 10 teams who received byes into the 2nd round. Of the 24 teams competing in the 2nd round, the 12 teams who finished highest in the league during the previous season are seeded against the second group of 12. The teams who advance from the 2nd round are joined by the final four teams in the 3rd round, again, with seeding in place. The remaining rounds of competition are unseeded.

The semi-final matches are played on a neutral ground, traditionally the home ground of a third club located close to the two competing clubs.

The final game is also traditionally played at Hampden Park in Glasgow, though due to renovations some finals in the past have been played at other venues such as Celtic Park or Ibrox.

History

The cup has its origins in a regional cup competition called the Southern League Cup which was introduced in 1940 when wartime restrictions led to a suspension of the Scottish FA Cup. This tournament was largely regional and did not involve all of the teams who comprised the Scottish Football League prior to the outbreak of war.

The first official Scottish Football League Cup was contested during the 1946–47 season when Rangers defeated Aberdeen in the final. However, Aberdeen still includes their victory in the 1945–46 Southern League Cup tournament among their honours.

The competition was very popular with supporters during the first few decades of its existence. The tournament consisted of 8 or 9 groups consisting of 4 or 5 teams. The groups were seeded into 2 sets with the top 16 teams in Division 1 making up the first four Groups. This guaranteed that 4 'top' teams would play 4 'lesser' teams in the quarter-finals.

Extra games when the Premier League was formed and expanded European competitions meant that by the early 1980s, its long-winded format, which involved group rounds played early on in the season leading to two-legged knock-out rounds similar to the modern UEFA Champions League, attracted much criticism.

In the mid-1980s the tournament was revamped to a shorter, single elimination knock-out style with a final played prior to Christmas, which provided the excitement of a cup final early in the season.

During the 1999–00 competition, the semi-finals and final were moved to the springtime in order to avoid the congestion of fixtures caused by the early rounds of the UEFA club competitions and Scotland’s representatives in Europe were given automatic byes until the third round of competition.

Sponsorship

The League Cup has been known by different names due to sponsorship:

  • Bell's League Cup (1979–81)
  • Skol Cup (1984–93)
  • Coca-Cola Cup (1994–98)
  • CIS Insurance Cup (1999–2008)
  • Co-operative Insurance Cup (2008–present)

Trophy

Since the competition's inception, the winning team has always been awarded the famous three-handled trophy known simply as the Scottish Football League Cup. However, during the 1980s when Skol lager sponsored the competition, a second trophy known simply as the "Skol Cup" was awarded concurrent to the first trophy. During the 1987–88 competition when Rangers won their third Skol Cup, they were given permanent possession of this trophy and a new "Skol Cup" with a slightly different design was introduced the following season.

European qualification

In previous seasons, the winners of the Scottish League Cup were granted a place in the UEFA Cup although this privilege was rarely invoked as the winning teams usually qualified for Europe by some other means such as winning the League Championship or Scottish Cup. One recent example was Raith Rovers who represented Scotland in the 1995–96 UEFA Cup after winning the League Cup the previous season as a 1st Division team. In recent seasons this privilege has been revoked.

Media coverage

Scottish League Cup matches are currently shown live by BBC Scotland on their Sportscene show and they are also shown live in Ireland by Setanta Ireland or Setanta Sports 1. Both Setanta Ireland and BBC Scotland show the Final live. In Australia the Scottish League Cup is broadcast by Setanta Sports Australia

Scottish League Cup Finals

Season Winners Score Runners-up Venue
2007–08
Details
Rangers 2 – 2 (a.e.t.)
(3 – 2 pen.)
Dundee United Hampden Park
2006–07
Details
Hibernian 5 – 1 Kilmarnock Hampden Park
2005–06
Details
Celtic 3 – 0 Dunfermline Athletic Hampden Park
2004–05
Details
Rangers 5 – 1 Motherwell Hampden Park
2003–04
Details
Livingston 2 – 0 Hibernian Hampden Park
2002–03
Details
Rangers 2 – 1 Celtic Hampden Park
2001–02
Details
Rangers 4 – 0 Ayr United Hampden Park
2000–01
Details
Celtic 3 – 0 Kilmarnock Hampden Park
1999–00
Details
Celtic 2 – 0 Aberdeen Hampden Park
1998–99
Details
Rangers 2 – 1 St. Johnstone Celtic Park
1997–98 Celtic 3 – 0 Dundee United Ibrox Stadium
1996–97
Details
Rangers 4 – 3 Heart of Midlothian Celtic Park
1995–96
Details
Aberdeen 2 – 0 Dundee Hampden Park
1994–95 Raith Rovers 2 – 2 (a.e.t.)
(6 – 5 pen.)
Celtic Ibrox Stadium
1993–94 Rangers 2 – 1 Hibernian Celtic Park
1992–93 Rangers 2 – 1 (a.e.t.) Aberdeen Hampden Park
1991–92
Details
Hibernian 2 – 0 Dunfermline Athletic Hampden Park
1990–91 Rangers 2 – 1 (a.e.t.) Celtic Hampden Park
1989–90 Aberdeen 2 – 1 (a.e.t.) Rangers Hampden Park
1988–89 Rangers 3 – 2 Aberdeen Hampden Park
1987–88 Rangers 3 – 3 (a.e.t.)
(5 – 3 pen.)
Aberdeen Hampden Park
1986–87 Rangers 2 – 1 Celtic Hampden Park
1985–86 Aberdeen 3 – 0 Hibernian Hampden Park
1984–85 Rangers 1 – 0 Dundee United Hampden Park
1983–84 Rangers 3 – 2 (a.e.t.) Celtic Hampden Park
1982–83 Celtic 2 – 1 Rangers Hampden Park
1981–82 Rangers 2 – 1 Dundee United Hampden Park
1980–81 Dundee United 3 – 0 Dundee Dens Park
1979–80 Dundee United 3 – 0 (rep.) Aberdeen Hampden Park*
1978–79 Rangers 2 – 1 Aberdeen Hampden Park
1977–78 Rangers 2 – 1 (a.e.t.) Celtic Hampden Park
1976–77 Aberdeen 2 – 1 (a.e.t.) Celtic Hampden Park
1975–76 Rangers 1 – 0 Celtic Hampden Park
1974–75 Celtic 6 – 3 Hibernian Hampden Park
1973–74 Dundee 1 – 0 Celtic Hampden Park
1972–73 Hibernian 2 – 1 Celtic Hampden Park
1971–72 Partick Thistle 4 – 1 Celtic Hampden Park
1970–71 Rangers 1 – 0 Celtic Hampden Park
1969–70 Celtic 1 – 0 St. Johnstone Hampden Park
1968–69 Celtic 6 – 2 Hibernian Hampden Park
1967–68 Celtic 5 – 3 Dundee Hampden Park
1966–67 Celtic 1 – 0 Rangers Hampden Park
1965–66 Celtic 2 – 1 Rangers Hampden Park
1964–65 Rangers 2 – 1 Celtic Hampden Park
1963–64 Rangers 5 – 0 Morton Hampden Park
1962–63 Heart of Midlothian 1 – 0 Kilmarnock Hampden Park
1961–62 Rangers 3 – 1 (rep.) Heart of Midlothian Hampden Park
1960–61 Rangers 2 – 0 Kilmarnock Hampden Park
1959–60 Heart of Midlothian 2 – 1 Third Lanark Hampden Park
1958–59 Heart of Midlothian 5 – 1 Partick Thistle Hampden Park
1957–58
Details
Celtic 7 – 1 Rangers Hampden Park
1956–57 Celtic 3 – 0 (rep.) Partick Thistle Hampden Park
1955–56 Aberdeen 2 – 1 St. Mirren Hampden Park
1954–55 Heart of Midlothian 4 – 2 Motherwell Hampden Park
1953–54 East Fife 3 – 2 Partick Thistle Hampden Park
1952–53 Dundee 2 – 0 Kilmarnock Hampden Park
1951–52 Dundee 3 – 2 Rangers Hampden Park
1950–51 Motherwell 3 – 0 Hibernian Hampden Park
1949–50 East Fife 3 – 0 Dunfermline Athletic Hampden Park
1948–49 Rangers 2 – 0 Raith Rovers Hampden Park
1947–48 East Fife 4 – 1 (rep.) Falkirk Hampden Park
1946–47 Rangers 4 – 0 Aberdeen Hampden Park

a.e.t = score after Extra time; pen. = decision by Penalty shootout; rep. = Replay, match replayed after a draw.

Performance by club

Club Wins Last win Runners-up Last final lost
Rangers 25 2008 6 1990
Celtic 13 2006 13 2003
Aberdeen 5 1996 7 2000
Heart of Midlothian 4 1963 2 1997
Dundee 3 1974 3 1996
East Fife 3 1954 0
Hibernian 3 2007 6 2004
Dundee United 2 1981 4 2008
Partick Thistle 1 1972 3 1959
Motherwell 1 1951 2 2005
Raith Rovers 1 1995 1 1949
Livingston 1 2004 0
Kilmarnock 0 5 2007
Dunfermline Athletic 0 3 2006
St. Johnstone 0 2 1999
Ayr United 0 1 2002
Falkirk 0 1 1948
Morton 0 1 1964
St. Mirren 0 1 1956
Third Lanark 0 1 1960

References

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