Pressure on Craig Levein, professional Hibs, calamitous defending, East Fife and Forfar shock and St Johnstone flop - Winners and Losers from the Betfred Cup group stages

A look back at the Betfred Cup group stages.


The League Cup threw up some interesting talking points ahead of the new season. Click and scroll through to see which players, managers and teams will have been happy with their performances and those who had to do better.

The Saints finished fourth behind Ross County (acceptable), Forfar Athletic and Montrose (unacceptable), winning just one game and in need of striking reinforcements.
The Loons took advantage of St Johnstone's difficulties and finished as the best runners-up, winning three of their four games which suggests Jim Weir's side could be competitive in League One.
Albion Rovers were really poor when Kevin Harper took over. REALLY poor.He steered them to survival. The finished second in their group, ahead of Premiership St Mirren.
The new Buddies boss got a stark view of how big a job he has on his hands with new signings desperately needed.
Hamilton has had a difficult three years. If he wasn't sitting on the bench he was making a name for himself with mistakes. However, he was steady and reliable as Dundee kept four clean sheets.
The Hearts boss is coming under increasing pressure at Tynecastle. As Hearts stumbled to qualification in their draw with East Fife some fans chanted "Heart of Midlothian, we're in the wrong hands".
Billy Mckay and Ross Stewart hit eight goals between them in the four games as Ross County strolled to a group win.
The Frenchman won hearts with his personality on signing. However, that warmth faded with each error-strewn performance.
The Northern Irishman may have found a new role at Motherwell. Signed as a centre-back he thrived at the base of the midfield as the Steelmen eased into the knockout stages.
A 2-0 loss to Cowdenbeath at the start of the group stages seemed to signal the end to East Fife's hopes. But then, in the final two games, they deservedly beat Dundee United and drew with Hearts to earn a tie with Rangers.
Four games played, four defeats, 21 goals conceded. The opposition have scored 50 times since the Wee Gers last scored.
As their rivals struggled, Hibs treated the Betfred Cup as the perfect warm-up. After a couple of poor performances they steadily improved with qualification and a home draw in the knockout stages.