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Summary

  1. Betfred League Cup first-round draw at Hampden
  2. Eight groups comprising five teams each are drawn
  3. Dundee & Ayrshire derbies in first round

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

League Cup draw

The competition begins on the weekend of 15 July 15, with four further matchdays on 18/19 July, 22 July, 25/26 and the 29th.

Dundee and Ayrshire derbies to look forward to. Who will have bragging rights?

Look what the draw offered?

Dundee derby
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South draw

Group E - Kilmarnock, Dumbarton, Ayr United, Clyde, Annan Athletic

Group F - Motherwell, Morton, Edinburgh City, Berwick Rangers, Queen's Park

Group G - Hamilton Accies, Queen of South, Albion Rovers, Stenhousemuir, East Kilbride

Group H - Partick Thistle, St Mirren, Airdrie, Stranraer, Livingston

North draw

Group A - Inverness CT, Falkirk, Stirling Albion, Brechin City, Forfar

Group B - Hearts, Dunfermline, Peterhead, East Fife, Elgin City

Group C - Dundee, Dundee United, Cowdenbeath, Buckie Thistle, Raith Rovers

Group D - Ross County, Hibs, Montrose, Alloa, Arbroath

Here we go

We're about to get going...

'Helicopter Sunday was making of me'

Scott McDonald
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Former Motherwell and Celtic striker Scott McDonald reflects on his career and how he became part of Scottish football folklore.

Scott McDonald

'Helicopter Sunday was making of me'

Former Motherwell and Celtic striker Scott McDonald reflects on his career and how he became part of Scottish football folklore.

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Bye into the second round

Celtic, who will feature in the Champions League qualifiers, and Europa League qualifying participants Aberdeen, Rangers and St Johnstone all have a bye into the second round.

At the group stage, there are four 'north' groups and four 'south' groups. There are 38 teams from the Scottish Professional Football League, who organise the League Cup, as well as Highland League champions Buckie Thistle and Lowland League winners East Kilbride.

Each group will contain one top seed, a second seed and three unseeded teams, with seedings based on league position in season 2016-17.

Drawn matches at the group stage go straight to a penalty shootout after regulation time, in which case both sides take a point and the shootout winner receives a bonus point.

Dundee and Dundee United are seeded differently in the north section and, like Hearts and Hibs, could be drawn in the same group.

All make sense?

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Seedings for the south...

South section - first seeds

5 Partick Thistle 6 Kilmarnock 7 Motherwell 8 Hamilton Academical

South section - second seeds

13 Morton 14 Queen of the South 15 St Mirren 16 Dumbarton

South section – unseeded teams

29 Ayr United 30 Livingston 31 Airdrieonians 32 Queen's Park 33 Stranraer 34 Albion Rovers 35 Stenhousemuir 36 Annan Athletic 37 Edinburgh City 38 Berwick Rangers 39 Clyde 40 East Kilbride

Seedings for the draw

North section - first seeds

1 Heart of Midlothian 2 Ross County 3 Dundee 4 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

North section - second seeds

9 Hibernian 10 Falkirk 11 Dundee United 12 Dunfermline Athletic

North section – unseeded teams

17 Raith Rovers 18 Alloa Athletic 19 Brechin City 20 East Fife 21 Peterhead 22 Arbroath 23 Forfar Athletic 24 Montrose 25 Elgin City 26 Stirling Albion 27 Cowdenbeath 28 Buckie Thistle

Who's in the draw?

Eight groups comprising five teams each will be drawn, with sides playing each other once in the group stage.

Hearts are one of the eight top seeds and Hibernian are one of the second seeds, with 24 unseeded teams.

Group winners and the four best runners-up progress to the second round, when Scotland's European representatives enter the competition.

Celtic secure silverware

Aberdeen 0-3 Celtic

Last November, Celtic eased aside Aberdeen to lift the Scottish League Cup for the 16th time - the first of the Brendan Rodgers era.

Goals from Tom Rogic, James Forrest and Moussa Dembele were on target at Hampden.

You can read Tom English's match report here.

Celtic captain Scott Brown lifts the Betfred trophy after his side win the League Cup
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Celtic saw off Aberdeen in last season's League Cup final

Welcome

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Close season? There's no such thing...

Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of the Betfred League Cup draw.

Yes, the new football season is upon us before the old one can get its coat on and order a taxi.