Top flight advantage gives Ross County the edge over Hibs

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Hibernian are set to face Ross County in the latest edition of the Scottish League Cup final, with Hibs being the first team from outside the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League to make it to win 90 minutes of the trophy since 2002.

At first glance it would appear that this is going to be a tight affair, but history suggests it would be sensible to back Ross County to emerge victorious at 21/10.

Hibs will be the ninth team from outside the Scottish top-flight to contend the League Cup final and the record of the previous eight won’t make good reading for fans of the Edinburgh side.

Ayr United were the last non-Premier League final to make it to the last two and they were on the end of a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Rangers back in 2002.

Dundee lost to Aberdeen in 1996, while in the season before Raith Rovers beat Celtic on penalties to become the first lower league team to win the tournament since 1948.

The triumph three years after the end of World War II belonged to East Fife who emerged with a 4-1 victory over Falkirk to win the trophy.

In between then and 1995, Dunfermline, Kilmarnock, Morton and Dundee all fell at the last to make a poor record for those outside the top flight.

Furthermore, Hibs haven’t had a great time in Scottish League Cup finals in the past and this has to be on their mind when they face Ross County at Hampden Park.

The Cabbage will be stepping out for their tenth final in this competition and in their previous nine they have won three and lost six.

Their most recent outing resulted in a victory, a 5-1 win over Kilmarnock in 2007, but before that they had lost their last two finals.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.