How the new Scottish League Cup will work

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The first round of the Betfred Scottish League Cup will be drawn tomorrow, Friday May 27, with Peterhead entering the competition.

The new look format will see the first round draw Eight groups each with five teams included.

The draws will be regonalised meaning that four of the groups will be in the designated ‘North Section’ and the other four in the ‘South Section’.

All SPFL clubs not participating in European competitions plus East Stirlingshire (Lowland League) and Cove Rangers (Highland League) will enter in the first round.

There will be three pots for each regional section - top seeds, second seeds and unseeded clubs, and a group will be made up of one top seed, one second seed and three unseeded clubs.

The Blue Toon will be unseeded for the competition meaning they will be drawn alongside any one of Inverness Caley Thistle, Ross County, St Johnstone and Dundee. 
Also with the possibilty of featuring in a group with Peterhead are any one of Dundee United, Raith Rovers, Falkirk and Dumbarton.

The other clubs which could be included are any two from: Dunfermline Athletic, Alloa Athletic, Brechin City, East Fife, Cowdenbeath, Forfar Athletic, Elgin City, Stirling Albion, Montrose, Arbroath and Cove Rangers.

Fixtures and TV selections will be announced w/c May 30.

In each group teams will play each other once in a round-robin format on each of 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30 July (subject to live broadcast selections).

In the First Round Group Stage there are three points for a win and one point for a draw, with drawn matches in the Group Stage going straight to a penalty shoot-out and the winner of the penalty shoot-out being awarded a bonus point.

Eight First Round Group Stage winners and the four best runners-up progress to the second round, joined by the SPFL’s four UEFA qualifying clubs (Celtic, Aberdeen, Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian).

The competition concludes with the Betfred Cup Final at Hampden Park on Sunday, 27 November.

The First Round Group Stage draw for the 2016 Betfred Cup will be conducted live on BT Sport from 7.30pm this Friday.