Betfred Cup group stage fixtures announced
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 04/06/18 5:18pm
The 2018/19 Betfred Cup group stage fixtures have been announced ahead of competitive football returning to Scotland next month.
An all-Premiership clash between Kilmarnock and newly-promoted St Mirren gets the competition underway on July 13.
Fellow promoted side Livingston start their season off with a trip to face Airdrieonians, while relegated sides Partick Thistle and Ross County take on Stenhousemuir and Elgin City respectively in their opening games.
2017/18 runners-up Motherwell have a home fixture against Edinburgh City to contend with, and Craig Levein's Heart of Midlothian side have been drawn away to Cove Rangers.
The final group stage games will take place on July 28, before the four Scottish sides involved in European qualifiers - Aberdeen, Rangers, Hibernian and holders Celtic - will be introduced for the second round.