Motherwell start the League Cup against the Edinburgh City

Motherwell will start the Betfred Cup campaign with a visit from Edinburgh City on Tuesday 17 July. Ties against Stranraer, Queen of the South and Clyde follow.

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Motherwell v Edinburgh City July 2017

Now that the broadcast partner has made its recommendations the rest of us can learn our fate. Gone are the days when cup game dates are known when the balls are pulled.

Our schedule is

Tuesday 17 July, Edinburgh City (h)
Saturday 21 July, Stranraer (a)
Tuesday 24 July, Queen of the South (h)
Saturday 28 July, Clyde (a)

The league season opens on the weekend of 4 August and the fixtures will be announced on Friday June 15.

We had a tough time against Edinburgh City when the played them in the sections a year ago. We needed a late equaliser from Frear and a very late winner from Cadden to spare the blushes. But we came through the group with four wins then marched to the final setting Ross County, Aberdeen and Rangers aside on the way.

A summer jaunt to Stranraer looks inviting before we return to Fir Park to meet Queen of the South.

BT Sport will broadcast the final group tie when we play Clyde at Broadwood.

The club is likely to reveal a list of pre-season matches this week.