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Christophe Berra targets Betfred Cup glory with Hearts

Christophe Berra believes lifting Scottish football’s first piece of major silverware next season is a realistic first target as Hearts captain.

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Rangers' colt team took part in the past season's Irn-Bru Cup. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker

SPFL consider introducing colt teams into league system

The SPFL has confirmed that it is in discussion with clubs regarding the introduction of colt teams into the league pyramid.

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The final game in Group C between Dundee and Dundee United will be screened live. Picture: SNS

Six Betfred Cup matches selected for live TV coverage

Six group matches in the Betfred Cup have been selected for live TV coverage after the opening-round fixtures were announced.

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Celtic won last season's Betfred League Cup. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Betfred Cup draw throws up derby clash

Dundee will face Dundee United in the stand-out fixture of the 2017 Betfred Cup group stage.

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Hearts and Hibs could meet in the Betfred Cup group stages. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Hearts and Hibs could meet in Betfred Cup groups

Hearts and Hibs could face each other in the group phase of this year’s Betfred League Cup.

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SPFL chief Neil Doncaster was "very pleased" to be able to release the dates so quickly. Picture: Ian Rutherford

SPFL retain winter break and announce start of 2017/18 season

The SPFL have announced the retention of the winter break for next season as they revealed key dates for the 2017/18 Scottish football calendar.

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Crowd trouble marred the aftermath of last year's William Hill Scottish Cup final between Rangers and Hibernian.  Picture: Robert Perry

League brings in new rules on fan misconduct

Scottish league chiefs hope to crack down on supporter misconduct after issuing a revised rule book.

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Dominique Malonga in action during the League Cup quarter-final meeting in November 2015. Picture: Greg Macvean

Last five meetings between Hibs and Dundee United

Hibernian and Dundee United meet in a mouthwatering top-of-the-table clash under the lights at Easter Road tonight, with Hibs hoping to extend their slender lead at the top of the table.

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David Gray celebrates his dramatic late winner
 against Rangers which delivered the Scottish Cup to Hibs for the first time since 1902. Picture: Greg Macvean

Review of 2016: Glory for Hibs, Celtic dominate, Rangers return

It was a year of neighbours behaving in very un-neighbourly fashion. Hibs knocked out Hearts after coming back from two goals down en route to smashing a 114-year Scottish Cup curse, Dundee relegated Dundee United and pink-shirted Scotland were sent home to think again by England having had their World Cup qualifying hopes all but extinguished.

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers shows fans the Betfred Cup. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Brendan Rodgers: I want to win but trophies won’t change me

One of the moments to create a stir from Celtic’s League Cup triumph on Sunday took place miles away from Hampden. It came when Brendan Rodgers addressed supporters outside Celtic Park following the 3-0 victory over Aberdeen.

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From left,  Erik Sviatchenko, Jozo Simunovic, Scott Brown and Kolo Toure celebrate after Celtic's Betfred Cup final victory on Sunday

Erik Sviatchenko: ‘Clean-sheet run is a source of pride’

When their treble-winning teams of the past are recalled fondly by Celtic supporters, it is inevitably the goalscorers and flair players who dominate their thoughts.

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Faycal Rherras, right, cleared three efforts off the goal-line for Hearts. Picture: SNS

Top 5 plays of the Scottish football weekend

Each weekend there are always moments to admire, as well as moments to cringe and laugh at. With a cup final and four league games to run the rule over, we choose the five best plays of the weekend, as well as the five worst.

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Dejection for Aberdeen's Ash Taylor as his side lose the League Cup final to Celtic. Picture: SNS

Aberdeen look to bounce back against Rangers

Aberdeen defender Ash Taylor believes Saturday’s trip to Ibrox offers the perfect chance to bounce back from their Betfred Cup final disappointment.

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Tom Rogic, right, excelled for Celtic as the Parkhead side lifted the League Cup. Picture: John Devlin

Undermanned Celtic make frighteningly easy work of Aberdeen

Following a defeat by Celtic, former Aberdeen boss Ebbe Skovdahl once mused that “the operation was a success but the patient died” with regards to his team’s tactics.

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Scott Brown celebrates with the Betfred Cup trophy. Picture: SNS

Celtic captain: I believe we can win every single game

Scott Brown didn’t want to speak about the treble, after a triumph which thrilled him every bit as much as his first with Celtic, but he admitted a clean sweep of domestic 
honours would be “lovely”.

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Aberdeen's Ryan Jack applauds the fans at full time. Picture: SNS

Ryan Jack: Aberdeen will bounce back quickly from final loss

If ever there is a place 
Aberdeen supporters will appreciate an act of redemption from their players, it’s Ibrox. Skipper Ryan Jack has promised the team will make it up to the dejected thousands who watched yesterday’s Betfred Cup final disappointment against Celtic, starting against Rangers on Saturday.

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Celtic's Betfred Cup winners celebrate their 3-0 victory over Aberdeen at Hampden Park. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Brendan Rodgers challenges Celtic to launch new era of success

Brendan Rodgers has challenged his Celtic players to make quick inroads towards a second century of trophies for the club after their landmark Betfred Cup final victory over Aberdeen at Hampden.

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Aberdeen players James Maddison, Anthony O'Connor, captain Ryan Jack and Kenny McLean stand dejected after their side went 3-0 down. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Aberdeen lack bite of Scott Brown to emulate 70s success

Forty years ago, a League Cup won before Christmas with Northern Lights twinkling in the gathering Glasgow gloom sparked Aberdeen’s greatest era and biggest trophy haul, with most of them brandished one-handed by their captain, suggesting there was always room for more.

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Anthony O'Connor, right, fouls James Forrest inside the penalty area. Picture: Getty

Alan Pattullo: Aberdeen did not live up to the hype

Derek McInnes’s pre-match game plan hinged on 
giving Celtic something to think about. Admirable as this ambition was, it didn’t come close to happening.

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Celtic players celebrate after Moussa Dembele puts his side 3-0 up. Picture: PA

Fans react on Twitter as Celtic win Betfred Cup final

Celtic have won the first trophy of the Scottish football season after defeating Aberdeen 3-0 in the final of the Betfred Cup.

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