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Scottish League Cup

Who wins the Scottish League Cup 2019/2020?

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Scottish League Cup, due to sponsorship titles at the moment called "Betfred Cup" is a football club competition in Scotland organized by the "Scottish Professional Football League". The competition was first organized in the 1946/47 season, as a successor to the "Southern League Cup", one of the Scottish professional cups that were featured during the Second World War. The competition was organized by the "Scottish Football League" for the members of its professional leagues. The competition system has been changed during the years. For the first decades, the first part of the competition was played mostly in groups that were sometimes regionally organized, or there were teams from the same league in the groups. Since the mid-1980s, they played a cup system. The final game is mostly played in Glasgow, at Hampden Park. By 1981, if the match ended in a tie, a new match was played. In several cases the competition was played in the first part of the season. Since 1979, the competition is named after the sponsor, with a few exceptions. Until the 1995/96 season League Cup winners had the right to participate in the UEFA Cup. In the 1998/99 season, "Premier Division" is organizationally separated from SFL and a new organization is formed - "Scottish Premier League", but its clubs continue to play in the League cup. Since 2013, "Scottish Football League" and "Scottish Premier League" are merging into the new organization - "Scottish Professional Football League" (SPFL), which has since then organized a League-cup competition.

From the season 2016/17 the competition was organized into groups. All SPFL clubs ("Scottish Premiership", "Scottish Championship", "Scottish League One" and "Scottish League Two") participate in the competition. In the group stage there are 40 clubs (eight groups of 5 clubs), but the clubs that in that season appear in the Champions League and the European League qualifications don’t participate, instead they are directly placed in the second round of 16 teams, together with the winners of the groups and the best second-placed teams. To complete the number of 40 teams in the group stage, the remaining participants are the best teams of "Highland Football League and" Lowland Football League ". From season 2018/19 in the group stage, a new rule was introduced that in the case of draw, the winner would be decided on the penalties. Therefore the winning team receives three points, and if the result is undecided, the winning team after the penalties receives two points, and the one that loses after the penalties one point.

British bookmaker Betfred is current sponsor of the competition and will be until the 2019/20 season, which will be the 73rd season of this competition. The format of the competition will be same as it was in the last few years. The date of the draw for the group stage isn’t set yet, but the draw will take place in May or June 2019. The first stage of the competition will begin in August 2019, and the semi-finals and final will be played in December.

The winner of the 2018/19 League Cup final is Celtic. They won against Aberdeen in a tight and tense match with 1:0 at Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow.

Glasgow Rangers is the team with most League Cup titles, winning in the final 27 times, but the last three seasons their main opponent Celtic is winning the trophy, and currently has 18 League Cup trophies. Aberdeen has 6 titles, Heart of Midlothian 4 etc. Rangers has won the cup for the last time in 2011. Since then their faith was very strange as they were relegated to 4th league but they managed to come back to Scotish Premier League and to fight for the top again. Despite the Scotish Premier League, the League Cup is considered as competition with history and tradition and all the teams that are participating are fighting passionately. Of course main favourites for winning the trophy in the season 2019/20 are clubs from Premier League with Celtic and Rangers as most highlighted.

One thing is sure that next season in Scottish League Cup will be more tense and surely more interesting for fans to enjoy the football game.

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