A Galloway Beltie.
The Morton embark on their pursuit of the Scottish League Cup today in Stranraer in the very southwest corner of Scotland. Stranraer FC are the third-oldest fitba club in Scotland, but were not granted proper Scottish Fitba League membership until 1955 on account of being too far off in the countryside. They play in the Third Division, so they should be a pushover. Should be. Stranraer have won the Scottish Challenge Cup (not to be confused with the Scottish League Cup), while the Morton have not.
Stranraer are known as the Blues because of their blue uniforms. Greenock, as the visitors, will have to wear their red kit. Why Stranraer don't wear colours drawn from the distinctive markings of the indigenous Belted Galloway cow I do not know. Oh yes I do -- then they'd look like St Mirren.
The Scottish League Cup is currently known as the Co-operative Insurance Cup, for insurance reasons. The competition was begun in 1947 and includes all 42 clubs in the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Fitba League. The playoff format works like this, I think. The six clubs that have qualified to play in Europe get to sit out the first two rounds, and four other really good clubs get to sit out the first round, leaving 32 clubs to play round one. Round two consists of the sixteen winners pairing off, plus the four other really good clubs pairing off separately, which results in ten winners. These are then joined in round three by the six UEFA clubs for a 16-team playoff, and on till the finals which take place in March.
As usual, the League Cup is generally won by Rangers or Celtic. Morton were runners up in 1964.
[Stranraer 1, Morton 7] [Morton meet St Johnstone August 25.]