2015–16 Scottish League Cup

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2015–16 Scottish League Cup
Country  Scotland
Dates 30 July 2015 - 13 March 2016
Teams 42
Champions Ross County
Runners-up Hibernian
Matches played 41
Goals scored 141 (3.44 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Liam Boyce
Faissal El Bakhtaoui
Jason Cummings
(4 goals)[1]
All statistics correct as of 13 March 2016.

The 2015–16 Scottish League Cup was the 70th season of Scotland's second-most prestigious football knockout competition. It is also known as The Scottish League Cup presented by Utilita for sponsorship reasons.[2]

Ross County defeated Hibernian 2-1 in the final on 13 March.[3]

Format

The competition is a single elimination knock-out competition. In each round, fixtures are determined by random draw, with the first to third rounds seeded according to last season's league positions (higher 50% of finishers drawn v lower 50% of finishers, alternating which is at home with each tie drawn).

Fixtures are played to a finish, with extra time and then penalties used in the event of draws. The competition is open to all clubs in the Scottish Professional Football League. Clubs involved in European competitions are given a bye to the third round to avoid congestion of fixtures.

Qualified Teams

The following teams qualified and competed in the 2015–16 Scottish League Cup.

Scottish Premiership Teams

There are 12 teams from the 2014–15 Scottish Premiership.

Scottish Championship Teams

There are 10 teams from the 2014–15 Scottish Championship.

Scottish League One Teams

There are 10 teams from the 2014–15 Scottish League One.

Scottish League Two Teams

There are 10 teams from the 2014–15 Scottish League Two.

First Round

The first round draw took place on Monday 6 July 2015 at 2:30pm BST at the Hampden Park Stadium. The 30 clubs that participated in the Championship, League One and League Two in the 2014–15 season entered the competition at this stage. The 12 clubs that participated in the 2014–15 Scottish Premiership received a bye.[4]

Draw and Seeding

Pot 1 Pot 2

Scottish Championship:
01. Heart of Midlothian
02. Hibernian
03. Rangers
04. Queen of the South
05. Falkirk
06. Raith Rovers
07. Dumbarton
08. Livingston
09. Alloa Athletic
10. Cowdenbeath

Scottish League One:
11. Greenock Morton
12. Stranraer
13. Forfar Athletic
14. Brechin City
15. Airdrieonians

Scottish League One:
16. Peterhead
17. Dunfermline Athletic
18. Ayr United
19. Stenhousemuir
20. Stirling Albion

Scottish League Two:
21. Albion Rovers
22. Queen's Park
23. Arbroath
24. East Fife
25. Annan Athletic
26. Clyde
27. Elgin City
28. Berwick Rangers
29. East Stirlingshire
30. Montrose

Matches

Second Round

The second round draw took place on Monday 3 August 2015 at 2:30pm BST at the Hampden Park Stadium. The clubs that finished in the bottom 7 places of last season's Premiership entered at this stage joining the 15 first round winners.[5]

Draw and Seeding

Pot 1 Pot 2

Scottish Premiership:
01. Dundee
02. Hamilton Academical
03. Partick Thistle
04. Ross County
05. Kilmarnock
06. Motherwell
07. St Mirren

Scottish Championship:
08. Heart of Midlothian
09. Hibernian
10. Rangers
11. Queen of the South

Scottish Championship:
12. Falkirk
13. Raith Rovers
14. Livingston

Scottish League One:
15. Greenock Morton
16. Stranraer
17. Forfar Athletic
18. Airdrieonians
19. Dunfermline Athletic
20. Ayr United

Scottish League Two:
21. East Fife
22. Berwick Rangers

Matches

Third Round

The third round draw took place on Thursday 27 August 2015 at 2:30pm BST at the Hampden Park Stadium. The 4 clubs that participated in the 2014–15 Scottish Premiership season and qualified for European competition entered the competition at this stage along with Dundee United, the highest placed non-Europe qualifying side.[6]

Draw and Seeding

Pot 1 Pot 2

Scottish Premiership:
01. Celtic
02. Aberdeen
03. Inverness Caledonian Thistle
04. St Johnstone
05. Dundee United
06. Ross County
07. Kilmarnock
08. Motherwell

Scottish Championship:
09. Heart of Midlothian
10. Hibernian
11. Rangers
12. Falkirk
13. Raith Rovers
14. Livingston

Scottish League One:
15. Greenock Morton
16. Dunfermline Athletic

Matches

Quarter-Finals

Draw and Seeding

The quarter-final draw took place on Monday 28 September 2015 at 2:30pm at Hampden Park, all teams were placed in the same pot.[7]

Pot 1

Scottish Premiership:
01. Celtic
02. Inverness Caledonian Thistle
03. St Johnstone
04. Dundee United
05. Ross County
06. Heart of Midlothian

Scottish Championship:
07. Hibernian

Scottish League One:
08. Greenock Morton

Matches

Semi-Finals

Draw and seeding

The semi-final draw took place on Monday 9 November 2015 at 2:00pm at Hampden Park, all teams were placed in the same pot.[8]

Pot 1

Scottish Premiership:
01. Celtic
02. St Johnstone
03. Ross County

Scottish Championship:
04. Hibernian

Matches

Final

13 March 2016
15:00
Hibernian 1 – 2 Ross County
Fontaine Goal 45' BBC Sport Report Gardyne Goal 25'
Schalk Goal 90'
Hampden Park
Attendance: 38,296
Referee: Kevin Clancy

Statistics

Top Goalscorers

As of matches played on 13 March 2016[1]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Northern Ireland Liam Boyce Ross County 4
Scotland Jason Cummings Hibernian
Morocco Faissal El Bakhtaoui Dunfermline Athletic
4 Scotland Michael Gardyne Ross County 3
England James Tavernier Rangers
5 18 players 2

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "2015–16 Scottish League Cup scorers". ESPN. Retrieved 25 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Scottish League Cup: Energy firm Utilita agree sponsorship deal". BBC Sport. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Alex Schalk hands Ross County fairytale finish over Hibernian". Guardian. 13 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. http://spfl.co.uk/news/article/league-cup-r1-draw-details/
  5. http://spfl.co.uk/news/article/league-cup-second-round-draw-29/
  6. "League Cup third-round draw details". Scottish Professional Football League. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "League Cup quarter-final draw". Scottish Professional Football League. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "League Cup semi-final draw". Scottish Professional Football League. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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