This year’s League Cup will kick off on the 6th of October with Rangers set to join in Round 2 in late November.
The Quarter Finals are then set to take place on the 15th, 16th and 17th of December and this will give any of the Scottish clubs competing in Europe a fixture headache.
Should Rangers qualify for the Europa League – or win August’s mini-tournament and enter the Champions League – they will have two European matches in December.
Working on the assumption it’s the Europa League matches are scheduled to take place on the 3rd and 10th of December.
Champions League matches will take place on the 1st and 2nd December and 8th and 9th, the same week as the Europa League matches.
On top of this, Rangers have a hectic December domestic schedule.
Rangers play six Scottish Premiership matches in December, including four away from home.
This means Rangers – and anyone else in Europe and in the Betfred Cup Quarter Finals – could realistically wind up playing nine matches in the month of December.
That’s about a game every 3.5 days.
If things go to plan and Rangers both qualify for Europe and the Betfred Cupquarter finals, then their December could look as follows:
3rd: Europa League match 5
5th: Ross County (a) – 3pm
10th: Europa League match 6
12th: Dundee United (a) – 3pm
15th/16th/17th: Betfred Cup Quarter Final
19th: Motherwell (h) – 3pm
23rd: St Johnstone (a) – 7.45pm
26th: Hibernian (h) – 3pm
30th: St Mirren (a) – 7.45pm
It’s a hectic run and could be a season-defining one too as we head into the Old Firm match at Ibrox on the 2nd of January.
The semi-finals for this year’s Betfred Cup are set for Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January 2021 with the Final to take place on Sunday 28th February.