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Dublin: 3°C Wednesday 20 January 2021

Scottish football can look forward to a winter break next season

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Ibrox in January this year.
Ibrox in January this year.

SCOTTISH FOOTBALL WILL have a winter break again from next season, plus a revamped League Cup complete with a group stage with penalty shoot-outs and bonus points.

A two-week winter break will return for the first time since 2002-03 season after a major overhaul of the League Cup was made to ease fixture congestion.

The revamped competition will see eight pools of five teams face each other in a group stage which takes place throughout July as the SPFL bids to find a solution to calls from supporters for summer football.

In the new format, any drawn matches will go straight to a penalty shoot-out after 90 minutes, with the winners receiving a bonus point.

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The eight group winners and four best runners-up then progress to the last 16 alongside the four clubs who have qualified for Europe and do not have to play in the new group phase.

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The group stage will include all the SPFL clubs who are not in Europe along with the winners of the Highland and Lowland Leagues.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “The new format of the Scottish League Cup marks an exciting new chapter for the competition and sees Scottish football leading the way with a number of innovations.

“Fans, the media and clubs alike have expressed a desire for competitive summer football which will be delivered from next July while the ground-breaking bonus point system should add incentive to teams and excitement for supporters.”

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