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Scottish League Cup draw: Celtic meet Dunfermline, Rangers go to East Fife, Motherwell take on Hearts

Celtic have won the League Cup for three seasons running

Scottish League Cup holders Celtic are at home to Dunfermline in the last 16, while Rangers face a trip to East Fife.

Last season’s runners-up Aberdeen have been drawn away to Dundee.

There are two all-Premiership ties, with Motherwell taking on Hearts at Fir Park and Kilmarnock meeting Hamilton Accies at Rugby Park.

Hibernian are at home to Morton, with Ross County travelling to Partick Thistle and Forfar Athletic welcome Livingston to Station Park.

Scottish League Cup second round draw

Ties to be played on 17 and 18 August.

  • Hibernian v Morton
  • Partick Thistle v Ross County
  • Motherwell v Hearts
  • Dundee v Aberdeen
  • Celtic v Dunfermline
  • Forfar v Livingston
  • Kilmarnock v Hamilton
  • East Fife v Rangers

League One duo East Fife and Forfar are rewarded with home games after coming through the group phase.

Forfar stunned St Johnstone 2-1 on Saturday to seal their place as one of the four best runners-up, while East Fife beat Championship favourites Dundee United and earned a penalty shoot-out bonus point from their 1-1 draw with Hearts after opening the competition with a defeat at League Two Cowdenbeath.

Rangers last visited Methil in 2014, winning a Challenge Cup encounter thanks to goals from Jon Daly and midfielder Ian Black.

East Fife’s Bayview Stadium has a capacity just short of 2,000 but temporary seats have been added previously

The Fifers’ place in the draw was confirmed after Dundee’s 1-0 victory over Inverness CT on Sunday.

“At the start of the day we wanted to be in the draw, regardless of how we got there, and secondly we would have loved a home tie,” said Dens Park boss James McPake.

“I’ve played against Aberdeen here in the Scottish Cup – it was great atmosphere, they’ll bring a big crowd down, we’ll have a big home crowd, so it’s been a good day.”

Partick Thistle, who topped their section ahead of Premiership Hamilton, failed to beat Ross County in four attempts last season but striker Kenny Miller is looking forward to the Firhill tie.

“They were champions of the Championship last year for a reason, they were the most consistent team across the season,” he said. “They have started the League Cup with four wins out of four, scoring goals, not conceding many.

“But we’re progressing nicely and it’s a good for us to be at home. The manager will know their strengths and weaknesses. We’ll be fully prepared.”

Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock join at the knockout stage as Scotland’s European representatives this season, although the Ayrshire side have already been eliminated from Europa League qualifying.

Celtic, aiming to lift the trophy for a fourth consecutive season, last met Dunfermline when they were top flight rivals in season 2011-12, winning all three league games.

Motherwell CEO Alan Burrows reacts to the League Cup draw via Twitter

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