Scottish League Cup draw: Big sides get home draws

Celtic lift the Scottish League Cup at Hampden after defeating Dundee United in March's final. Picture: John Devlin
Celtic lift the Scottish League Cup at Hampden after defeating Dundee United in March's final. Picture: John Devlin
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PETERHEAD will be Mark Warburton’s first competitive opponents at Ibrox after the League Two side were handed an away game against Rangers in the Scottish League Cup first round.

Peterhead will be aiming to repeat their 2-1 Ibrox win over Rangers from the team’s last meeting, a Third Division contest in April 2013. Rory McAllister, who remains with the Blue Toon, netted the winner.

Hearts, the only Premiership team in the first round, were picked out to face Arbroath at home in the seeded draw.

Hibernian host Montrose while Championship newcomers St Mirren sit out the first round.

The draw has thrown up three derbies - Falkirk host East Stirlingshire, Queen of the South travel to Annan while Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath meet at East End Park.

The games are due to take place on August 1 but Rangers are likely to have their game moved as Celtic host Ross County in the Premiership opener on that day.

Hearts will also need to find a different date as they begin their Premiership campaign against St Johnstone on the Sunday of that weekend.

Rangers and Hibs begin their campaigns with a Petrofac Training Cup clash at Easter Road on July 25.

Scottish League Cup first round draw

Falkirk v East Stirlingshire

Berwick Rangers v Alloa Athletic

Hearts v Arbroath

Stirling Albion v Airdrieonians

Raith Rovers v Albion Rovers

Annan Athletic v Queen of the South

Livingston v Clyde

Dunfermline Athletic v Cowdenbeath

Hibernian v Montrose

East Fife v Dumbarton

Greenock Morton v Elgin City

Queen’s Park v Forfar Athletic

Stranraer v Stenhousemuir

Ayr United v Brechin City

Rangers v Peterhead