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Scottish League Cup 2024/25: Draw, format, dates, previous winners & more

Rangers are the reigning Scottish League Cup winners, with the Gers beating Aberdeen 1-0 in the 2023 final courtesy of a James Tavernier winner.

Scotland's secondary cup competition has been won by either Rangers or Celtic in eight of the last 10 years, with St Johnstone the last non-Old Firm victors under Callum Davidson in 2021.

We discuss all you need to know about the Scottish League Cup ahead of the group stage draw for the 2024/25 edition of the tournament.

Scottish League Cup format

Since 2016/17, the Scottish League Cup has used a group stage format.

The initial group stages comprise of 40 teams - the 37 league clubs who are not competing in UEFA competitions and the three highest-ranked non-league sides.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, runners-up Rangers, Hearts, Kilmarnock and St Mirren have received a bye through to the knockout rounds of the Scottish League Cup due to their participation in Europe, with Buckie Thistle, Brechin City and East Kilbride the three non-league participants in this year's group stages.

The 40 participating teams are given seedings based on their league finish in 2023/24, and drawn into eight groups of five.

Each competing team in the group stages plays each other once, with the eight section winners and three best runners-up progressing through to the Scottish League Cup knockout stages, in which the five sides competing in European competitions enter the tournament.

Both semi-finals and the final of the Scottish League Cup are played at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

Scottish League Cup 2024/25 group stage draw

Group A

  • Aberdeen
  • Airdrieonians
  • Queen of the South
  • Dumbarton
  • East Kilbride

Group B

  • Dundee United
  • Ayr United
  • Falkirk
  • Stenhousemuir
  • Buckie Thistle

Group C

  • Hibernian
  • Queen's Park
  • Kelty Hearts
  • Peterhead
  • Elgin City

Group D

  • Dundee
  • Inverness CT
  • Arbroath
  • Annan Athletic
  • Bonnyrigg Rose

Group E

  • Livingston
  • Dunfermline Athletic
  • Cove Rangers
  • The Spartans
  • Forfar Athletic

Group F

  • St Johnstone
  • Greenock Morton
  • Alloa Athletic
  • East Fife
  • Brechin City

Group G

  • Motherwell
  • Partick Thistle
  • Montrose
  • Edinburgh City
  • Clyde

Group H

  • Ross County
  • Raith Rovers
  • Hamilton Academical
  • Stirling Albion
  • Stranraer

Scottish League Cup 2024/25 dates

Group stage

  • Matchday 1: Weekend of July 13/14
  • Matchday 2: Midweek of July 16/17
  • Matchday 3: Weekend of July 20/21
  • Matchday 4: Midweek of July 23/24
  • Matchday 5: Weekend of July 27/28

Second round

  • Weekend of August 17/18

Quarter-finals

  • Weekend of September 21/22

Semi-finals

  • Weekend of November 2/3

Final

  • Sunday 15th December, Kick-off time TBC.

Scottish League Cup previous winners

  • 2023/24 - Rangers
  • 2022/23 - Celtic
  • 2021/22 - Celtic
  • 2020/21 - St Johnstone
  • 2019/20 - Celtic
  • 2018/19 - Celtic
  • 2017/18 - Celtic
  • 2016/17 - Celtic
  • 2015/16 - Ross County
  • 2014/15 - Celtic
  • 2013/14 - Aberdeen
  • 2012/13 - St Mirren
  • 2011/12 - Kilmarnock
  • 2010/11 - Rangers
  • 2009/10 - Rangers
  • 2008/09 - Celtic
  • 2007/08 - Rangers
  • 2006/07 - Hibernian
  • 2005/06 - Celtic
  • 2004/05 - Rangers
  • 2003/04 - Livingston
  • 2002/03 - Rangers
  • 2001/02 - Rangers
  • 2000/01 - Celtic

(*Winners since 2000/01 season. Competition began in 1946/47).

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