COWDENBEATH and Kelty Hearts have learned their group stage opponents in the Viaplay Cup.

The Blue Brazil face Premiership side St Mirren, as well as Dick Campbell's Arbroath, League One Montrose, and League Two Forfar Athletic.

Cowdenbeath are in Group H and will play Forfar Athletic away on July 15 at 3pm to start their campaign.

They are on the road to Gayfield to face Arbroath on Wednesday, July 19, at 7.45pm, with Montrose at home on Saturday, July 22, at 3pm.

They finish the group at home to St Mirren on Tuesday, July 25, at 7.45pm.

New Kelty boss Michael Tidser will face two of his former clubs in the form of Ross County and Greenock Morton, as well as FC Edinburgh and Stranraer.

Kelty begin at home to Morton on Saturday, July 15 at 3pm, before the short trip across the Forth to play FC Edinburgh on Wednesday, July 19.

They welcome Stranraer to New Central Park on Tuesday, July 25 at 7.45pm.

They complete the group fixtures away to Ross County in Dingwall at 3pm on Saturday, July 29.

The eight group winners and three best runners-up will join European entrants Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen, Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian in the last 16 of the competition on the weekend of August 19/20.

Prior to the draw, Cowdenbeath received an invitation to take part which was duly accepted.

An SPFL statement said: "With five SPFL clubs again taking part in UEFA competitions next season, the group stage draw will involve the remaining 37 SPFL clubs from 2022/23, plus Highland League champions Brechin City and Lowland League champions The Spartans, who won promotion to the SPFL last month.

"Cowdenbeath, who were relegated from cinch League 2 in 2022, have accepted an invitation to take the remaining space in this year’s first round group stage.

"As was the case last season, there is no regionalised aspect to the group stage draw.

"The 40 participating clubs will be split into five seeding pots based on final league placings in season 2022/23.

"One club from each pot will be drawn into the eight Groups A to H."