Scottish League Cup 2017-18: Groups, teams, TV schedule & guide

For the second time in a row, Scotland's second-most prestigious competition begins with a group phase as 43 teams set out to take Celtic's crown

Scottish football makes its early return on Friday as the 2017-18 League Cup commences.The first round kicks off with the Ayrshire Derby at Somerset Park on July 14, with Ayr United hosting Kilmarnock in their Group E tie. The remaining 15 games of the first matchday take place on Saturday.The latest transfer news and rumoursIn their battle to hold onto their title, current holders Celtic have to compete with the other 41 teams in the Scottish Professional Football League and the champions of...