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Summary

  1. Hearts knocked out after 2-2 draw with Dunfermline, who win Group B
  2. Hibs beat Alloa 3-0 to top Group D; Ayr beat Annan 6-0 to win Group E
  3. Hamilton beat Stenhousemuir to top Group G, Partick through as runners-up
  4. Kilmarnock & Ross County also through as group runners-up
  5. Falkirk, Livingston & Motherwell already qualified as group winners
  6. Dundee & Dundee Utd complete group stage on Sun - both set to qualify

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Goodbye from me - goodbye from Cathro?

No doubt we will be talking about the future of Ian Cathro more tomorrow as attention turns to the Dundee derby.

Join us then as the Dark Blues and Dundee United do battle to top Group C, with both sides poised to qualify for the knock-out stages unless one of them loses by an avalanche of goals that allows Peterhead through.

Meantime, Cathro continues to be the topic of discussion on Off The Ball on BBC Radio Scotland, with Hearts fans calling for the head coach to be sacked.

Cathro 'won't waste time making comments'

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro brushed aside questions over his future after his side's League Cup exit and says he will "not waste my time making comments or asking for anything".

"It's important that today we just talk about today's game," he told BBC Scotland. "It doesn't need to be anything that's more grand than that."

Ian Cathro and Austin MacPhee (left) show their disappointment
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Ian Cathro and assistant Austin MacPhee are under pressure

When asked if he had a message for the fans who booed him following the penalty shoot-out defeat by Dunfermline at Tynecastle, he said: "I don't say anything, I will quietly continue to do my job professionally, believing in the work that we do. Of course things need to improve."

He added: "If we had the urgency and intensity that we did when we felt that we needed to push at the end for the entirety of the 90 minutes then we'd be discussing a different situation."

Dunfermline's Kallum Higginbotham and Declan McManus celebrate
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Kallum Higginbotham and Declan McManus helped Dunfermline qualify

FT: Hearts 2-2 Dunfermline Athletic (1-3 on pen)

Tom English

Chief sports writer, BBC Scotland

It hasn't worked out and everyone has to accept that. Hearts are a progressive club, but they need to make this change. I can't see how they can go into the league campaign with Ian Cathro

FT: Hearts 2-2 Dunfermline Athletic (1-3 on pen)

Allan Preston

BBC Scotland summariser

I think Ian has a real problem motivating the players. It has been eight months. I think he will be given a bit more time, but it is getting to that stage where Ian Cathro is walking the thinnest of ice

'We've failed in what we wanted to do'

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro has already told BT Sport that he will "worry about tomorrow, tomorrow" when asked about his future at Tynecastle.

However, he admitted that the results are "not good enough" and "we’ve failed in wat we wanted to do".

The BBC Scotland interview to come.

Hearts players are left disappointed in the Tynecastle rain
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What a shower: Hearts players are left disappointed in the Tynecastle rain

Cathro reaction awaited

We will have reaction from Hearts head coach Ian Cathro coming up.

Real test is ahead for Hibs - Lennon

FT: Alloa 0-3 Hibernian

Hibs head coach Neil Lennon was "delighted" with his side's 3-0 win at Alloa, a result that means they top Group D ahead of runners-up Ross County.

"It was all about winning the game really and I am so pleased with the players so far," he told Radio Scotland. "They have done everything I asked of them and won again in convincing fashion.

"We are going into the season with a lot of optimism, but the real test is ahead of us.

"We are playing a proven Premiership team next week [Partick Thistle] who finished sixth last season, so we are not getting carried away.

Simon and Fraser Murray celebrate for Hibs
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Simon and Fraser Murray both scored for Hibs

"We have still got bits and pieces to do, but the core of the squad is good. They have performed well for the club over the last two years and we just want that to continue."

Lennon had praise for Fraser Murray, the 18-year-old midfielder who scored the opener and set up the first of Simon Murray's brace.

"He's a great little player, we have high hopes for him," he added. "He is deceptive; he is quite slight but has good feet and not only scored the goal but laid on the second with a great pass.

"I thought Martin Boyle was outstanding again as well. He has taken his game on to another level at the moment."

Top flight duo through in Group D

Hibs and Ross County progress to the knock-out stage in the League Cup.

Simon Murray celebrates scoring one of his brace of goals

Hibs & County through in League Cup

Fraser and Simon Murray both score as Hibs beat Alloa to reach the League Cup second round, with Ross County also through.

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Question marks over Cathro

It's the story of the day. Tom English wonders what the future holds for Hearts' head coach as his Premiership side exit the League Cup after finishing third in their group.

Ian Cathro

Hearts 2-2 Dunfermline (1-3 pens)

Hearts are knocked out of the Scottish League Cup after drawing with second-tier Dunfermline, who progress as Group B winners.

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Ayr's McCall on a high

FT: Annan Athletic 1-6 Ayr United

Ayr United manager Ian McCall on BBC Radio Scotland: "We will score a lot of goals this season if we keep everyone fit.

"It is a really good result and a good performance.

"The boys we have brought in are trememdous pros, which will helps us, and Moffat and Moore were outstanding up front for us.

"A League One club to be seeded along with the likes of Rangers and Celtic is unheard of.

"I don't think the direcrors will be too happy that we can't be drawn against them."

Killie line up Greer return

Scotland veteran Gordon Greer appears poised to return to Kilmarnock after leaving Blackburn Rovers.

Gordon Greer playing for Scotland

Greer close to Kilmarnock return

Kilmarnock are close to bringing Scotland international Gordon Greer back to Rugby Park for a second spell at the club.

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Stokes still in Hibs' sights

Republic of Ireland striker Anthony Stokes could complete his return to Hibs on Monday.

Anthony Stokes

Hibs await Stokes decision over move

Hibs coach Neil Lennon hopes to hear by Monday whether prospective signing Anthony Stokes will be re-joining the club.

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Hearts only top-flight absentees

After all that, Hearts are the only Premiership team not to have reached the knock-out stage.

Hamilton, Hibs and Motherwell all qualify as group winners, while Kilmarnock, Partick Thistle and Ross County edge through as runners-up.

Championship sides Falkirk, Dunfermline Athletic and Livingston join them in the second round after winning their groups.

As do Ayr United, who suffered relegation to League One last season but finish the group stage with a 100% record.

Dundee and Dundee United will slug it out in their city derby to decide who goes through as winners.

Peterhead will miss out unless one of those sides lose by at least six goals, so the League Two side's chances have surely gone.

We deserved to win - Pars' Johnston

FT: Hearts 2-2 Dunfermline Athletic (1-3 on pen)

Dunfermline Athletic manager Allan Johnston on BBC Radio Scotland: "It is a hard place to come, especially when you lose the first goal.

"We showed we came here to try to get a result.

"They threw everything at us at the end, but I thought we had the majority of the play and probably deserved to win."

Time up for Cathro - Preston

FT: Hearts 2-2 Dunfermline Athletic (1-3 on pen)

Allan Preston

BBC Scotland summariser at Tynecastle

If Ian Cathro does not fall on his sword, the board have a decision to make and they cannot duck the responsibility. This cannot go on. The results have been dreadful

FULL-TIME

Group A

Brechin City 0-3 Falkirk

Forfar Athletic 1-2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Group B

Elgin City 0-3 Peterhead

Hearts 2-2 Dunfermline Athletic (1-3 on pens)

Group C

Dundee v Dundee United (Sunday 15:00)

Raith Rovers 2-0 Cowdenbeath

Group D

Alloa Athletic 0-3 Hibernian

Arbroath 0-0 Ross County (4-5 on pens)

Group E

Annan Athletic 1-6 Ayr United

Kilmarnock 3-0 Dumbarton

Group F

Greenock Morton 5-0 Edinburgh City

Motherwell 1-0 Berwick Rangers

Group G

Hamilton Academical 3-0 Stenhousemuir

Queen of the South 2-2 Albion Rovers (4-3 on pens)

Group H

Partick Thistle 1-0 Stranraer

St Mirren 5-0 Airdrieonians

(Livingston qualified as group winners)

FULL-TIME Hearts 2-2 Dunfermline Athletic

1-3 on penalties

Dunfermline win the penalty shoot-out after some dismal spot-kicks from their hosts.

But the Pars were already going through as Group B winners and Hearts, the top seeds in the group as the only Premiership team, were already consigned to third.

FULL-TIME Arbroath 0-0 Ross County

4-5 on penalties

Ross County win the penalty shoot-out at Gayfield and progress to the knock-out stage as runners-up to Hibs in Group D.

So close but so far

It looks like Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Peterhead, Albion Rovers and Greenock Morton are the four second-placed teams who will not go through.

FULL-TIME - Queen of the South 2-2 Albion Rovers

4-3 on penalties

Queens take the bonus point after winning the penalty shoot-out.

FT: Hearts 2-2 Dunfermline Athletic

The penalty shoot is progressing at Tynecastle as the Hearts players and head coach Ian Cathro are subjected to boos. From the home fans or the away support?

FULL-TIME - Forfar Athletic 1-2 Inverness CT

FULL-TIME - Partick Thistle 1-0 Stranraer

FT: Arbroath 0-0 Ross County

The game at Gayfield finishes all square and it goes to penalties.

FT: Hearts 2-2 Dunfermline Athletic

The match at Tynecastle goes to penalties, but the bonus point will not help Hearts, who will finish third in the group and are out of the League Cup.

Dunfermline qualify as group winners.

CLOSE!

Hearts 2-2 Dunfermline

Malaury Martin's low corner for Hearts finds Cole Stockton, who turns and shoots agonisingly wide for the hosts.

FULL-TIME - Greenock Morton 5-0 Edinburgh City

FT: Queen of the South 2-2 Albion Rovers

The game at Palmerston goes to penalties.

GOAL - Greenock Morton 5-0 Edinburgh City

FULL-TIME - Brechin City 0-3 Falkirk

FULL-TIME - Raith Rovers 2-0 Cowdenbeath

FULL-TIME - St Mirren 5-0 Airdrieonians

FULL-TIME Alloa Athletic 0-3 Hibernian

GOAL Hearts 2-2 Dunfermline Athletic

Isma Goncalves

Dunfermline were coming under a bit of pressure and now Hearts are level.

A free-kick into the heart of the Pars defence causes problems and Isma Goncalves taps home from close range.

GOAL - St Mirren 5-0 Airdrieonians

Cammy Smith

Cammy Smith gets his second of the afternoon for St Mirren.

GOAL - Partick Thistle 1-0 Stranraer

Christie Ellliot

CLOSE!

Hearts 1-2 Dunfermline Athletic

Nat Wedderburn is well placed to head clear a Kyle Lafferty lob following a Hearts corner.

GOAL - Motherwell 1-0 Berwick Rangers

Elliot Frear

Elliot Frear fires in on the rebound after Chris Cadden's shot is parried.

GOAL - Annan Athletic 1-6 Ayr United

Ryan Sinnamon 85

Ryan Sinnamon gets a consolation for Annan.

GOAL - Queen of the South 2-2 Albion Rovers

Darren Brownlie

Central defender Darren Brownlie heads Queens level again, so Hamilton are back on top of Group G.