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Summary

  1. FT: Dundee United 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic
  2. Simon Murray and Scott Fraser score
  3. United qualify as Group C runners-up
  4. Celtic and Rangers given home ties
  5. St Johnstone host Hearts

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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So the group stage of the Scottish League Cup has concluded with its 80th and final game and the SPFL will probably view it as a success given its exciting conclusion.

Let's hope that level of interest continues for the start of the league season next weekend. However, before then, we have Celtic in Champions League qualifying action on Wednesday and Aberdeen trying to make progress in the Europa League the following evening.

Join BBC Scotland then for more in-depth live coverage.

Minnows making a splash

Back to that draw and the two survivors from League One have contrasting ties.

Peterhead had a big pay day last season when they lost to Rangers in the final of the Petrofac Training Cup and Jim McInally's side will head to Ibrox for another.

Alloa were also surprise winners of their group and the Wasps nest being built by Jack Ross will not be an easy place to visit for Premiership outfit Inverness Caley Thistle.

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon

On BBC Radio Scotland

"It is a home tie, which we were hoping for.

"It will be a difficult game. Partick Thistle are a good team and they are a league above us at the moment.

"We got through there today and a cup run will also give us confidence.

"We have some talented players at the club, but we can be more ruthless in front of goal and took a few too many chances at the back."

Eyes on McDiarmid Park

St Johnstone at home to Hearts is probably the tie of the round, the sides who finished fourth and third in the Premiership last season.

Scottish champions Celtic will be favourites to progress with home advantage despite being involved in the other all-top-flight tie against Motherwell.

Scottish League Cup last-16 draw

Rangers v Peterhead

Dundee United v Partick Thistle

Celtic v Motherwell

Hamilton Academical v Greenock Morton

Hibernian v Queen of the South

St Johnstone v Heart of Midlothian

Alloa Athletic v Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Ayr United v Aberdeen

Drawn out

Drum roll for the draw for the last 16 just moments away.

Dunfermline Athletic manager Allan Johnston

On BBC Radio Scotland

"We knew all along it was a tough group and we had a chance to go through today, but I don't think we did enough."

Great Scott

Scott Fraser celebrates after scoring United's second goal
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Scott Fraser scored United's second goal with a fine free-kick

FT: Dundee United 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic

United looked a class above the visitors thanks to the pace of Tope Obadeyi, Nick van der Velden and 18-year-old left-back Jamie Robson, who looks like another quality find. Meanwhile, midfielder Willo Flood, like Obadeyi and Van der Velden a fine summer acquisition, controlled the midfield superbly.

John Rankin

BBC Scotland Sportsound pundit

"Allan Johnston said Dunfermline were going out for a win, but the second half, especially shooting down the hill, the biggest threat they had was at set-pieces and they seemed to lack the belief to get on the end of them."

Mark Burchill

BBC Scotland Sportsound pundit

"United started with a real tempo to their game. Dunfermline huffed and puffed and came back into. But, once United got ahead, I didn't see the Pars coming back into it."

FT: Dundee United 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic

United thoroughly deserve to take their place in the draw for the last 16, which takes place in just over 10 minutes.

They had so much more class and inventiveness than the stuffy but toothless visitors.

FULL-TIME

Dundee United 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic

GREAT SAVE!

Dundee United 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic

United goalkeeper Cammy Bell saves at the feet of Joe Cardle and Scott Lochhead to deny the Pars a late consolation.

Dundee United 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Dunfermline forward James Thomas limps off to be replaced with Scott Lochhead, the former United midfielder making his Pars debut days after signing for the Fife club.

Dundee United 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic

We are into stoppage time and all it needs is the final whistle to confirm United's progress to the last 16.

Dundee United 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Midfielder Stewart Murdoch is lucky not to be shown a red card never mind a yellow after a hard lunge that leaves Pars winger Paul McMullan writhing.

Murray moment

Simon Murray scores for Dundee United
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Simon Murray headed United into the lead

GOAL

Dundee United 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic (Scott Fraser)

Scott Fraser curls a superb free-kick past Pars goalkeeper David Hutton from 20 yards into the roof of the net.

YELLOW CARD

Dundee United 1-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Pars defender Ben Richards-Everton is booked for holding back substitute Henri Anier moments after replacing Nick van der Velden after the Dutch striker left the field after firing just wide.

Dundee United 1-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Nat Wedderburn is off the field injured and rolls back on to delay a United corner, but it cannot prevent the ball falling to Willo Flood who drives a powerful drive straight at goalkeeper David Hutton.

Dundee United 1-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Pars forward Kallum Higginbotham is lucky not to receive a second yellow card for a wild swing on Lewis Toshney.

Dundee United 1-0 Dunfermline Athletic

United are down to 10 men with Tope Obadeyi off the field injured, but the hosts still manage to break clear and Willo Flood loops a drive high and wide. Obadeyi is replaced with Blair Spittal before the goal kick is taken.

YELLOW CARD

Dundee United 1-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Jamie Robson is having an eventful day as the teenage United left-back is booked for a late challenge.

Dundee United 1-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Tope Obadeyi breaks from deep in his own half in a style that was his trademark with Kilmarnock and his looping stride takes him deep into the Pars half before his drive is deflected past the far post.

Dundee United 1-0 Dunfermline Athletic

United defender Lewis Toshney has delayed an operation on a broken nose to play today and he was involved in the most controversial moment of the match so far as he looked to clip Joe Cardle inside the penalty area before the home side's breakthrough. No penalty was given, however.

Joe Cardle claims for penalty against Dundee United
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Joe Cardle had a good claim for a penalty rejected after a clip by Lewis Toshney

Dundee United 1-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Despite United's vulnerability at set-pieces, the Pars are showing few signs that they can not only level the game but secure the win they need to progress to the last 16.

GREAT SAVE!

Dundee United 1-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Lee Ashcroft rises at the back post to meet a Kallum Higginbotham free-kick, but the defender's downward header is scooped off the line superbly by United goalkeeper Cammy Bell. A flag is raised in any case.

GOAL

Dundee United 1-0 Dunfermline Athletic (Simon Murray)

Jamie Robson, the 18-year-old left-back, reminds the United faithful of Andrew Robertson, now of Hull City, as he sends in a cross that is flicked on by Tope Obadeyi and Simon Murray nods it first time into the near corner from seven yards.

Dundee United 0-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Dunfermline squander an early chance as Joe Cardle has a shot blocked after Kallum Higginbotham rolls a free-kick into his path at the edge of the box after a foul by Willo Flood.

KICK-OFF

Dunfermline kick off the second half shooting down the Tannadice hill, which could be significant.

Must win for Pars

HT: Dundee United 0-0 Dunfermline Athletic

A reminder that Dunfermline have to win in order to qualify as runners-up in their group behind Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

We can now safely say that United are not going to win by the eight goals they need to overtake Caley Thistle, but all they need is a draw to go through behind them.

Even a bonus point for winning a penalty shoot-out should the game finish a draw would not be enough for the Pars as United have a better goal difference.

HT: Dundee United 0-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Dunfermline's Lewis Spence and Dundee United's Stewart Murdoch
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The two sides have shown plenty of commitment at Tannadice

John Rankin

BBC Scotland Sportsound pundit

"United are pleasing on the eye but have not created many clear chances. We felt sorry for Dunfermline at the start, but they have probably had the better chances."

HALF-TIME

Dundee United 0-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Having started the game on the back foot, the Pars have edged their way into the game and a draw is probably a fair scoreline at the break, although the visitors will probably think they should have had a penalty in the closing stages.

Dundee United 0-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Ned Wedderburn meets a Kallum Higginbotham cross into the box, but the midfielder's header loops over the United bar from 12 yards.

YELLOW CARD

Another booking follows quickly and it is United's Nick van der Velden for a professional foul on Lewis Spence.

YELLOW CARD

Dundee United 0-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Dunfermline's Kallum Higginbotham is the first to be booked as he goes crashing into Jamie Robson.It is not just that blonde mohican that is drawing him to the referee's attention.

Dundee United 0-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Nick van der Velden has made an impressive start for United and the Dutch striker makes room for himself before firing in a powerful left-foot drive that goalkeeper David Hutton holds at the second attempt.

PENALTY APPEAL

Dundee United 0-0 Dunfermline Athletic

Joe Cardle claims for a penalty in vain, but it looks like United defender Lewis Toshney clips the winger's heels. United get away with that one.