Scottish Cup draw RECAP as Celtic and Rangers learn their opponents with Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibs

The Scottish Cup fifth round draw has been made – with a dream draw in place for Bonnyrigg Rose.

Sitting in League Two as the lowest-ranked club left, they have been drawn away to Aberdeen. Celtic were last into the hat with a Sunday stroll over Buckie Thistle and have a tough test away to St Mirren.

A big payday awaits Ayr United who have landed Philippe Clement’s For Rangers. Hearts survived a nervy clash with Spartans to keep their dreams alive but now face an awkward trip to Airdrie, who dumped St Johnstone out.

Greenock Morton vs Motherwell meet again in a fixture that is almost becoming tradition, and Hibs face a lengthy trip north to take on Duncan Ferguson’s Inverness.

Cove Rangers and Brora Rangers was called off but whoever wins that one has a trip to Kilmarnock waiting for them. Partick Thistle meet Livingston in a repeat of the 2018 Premiership play-off final.

Take a look at all the ties and matchups that have been set. Ties will be played the weekend of February 10th.

Kilmarnock vs Brora or Cove Rangers

Inverness Caley Thistle vs Hibernian

Aberdeen vs Bonnyrigg Rose

Greenock Morton vs Motherwell

Airdrie vs Hearts

Rangers vs Ayr United

Partick Thistle vs Livingston

St Mirren vs Celtic

Tie of the round?

For romanticism and the possibility of an eye-catching shock, Aberdeen hosting Bonnyrigg Rose stands out.

The Dons were dumped by Darvel last season and will be wary of Robbie Horn proving a thorn in their side this year.

Elsewhere, there are tricky ties on paper for the capital clubs. Hearts and Airdrie have history in this competition and it doesn;t make for good reading for the Jambos.

Hibs won a replay in Inverness on their way to lifting the trophy in 2016. But Big Dunc’s boys will fancy their chances after the Hibees squeezed past Forfar.

The draw in full

Kilmarnock vs Brora or Cove Rangers

Inverness Caley Thistle vs Hibernian

Aberdeen vs Bonnyrigg Rose

Greenock Morton vs Motherwell

Airdrie vs Hearts

Rangers vs Ayr United

Partick Thistle vs Livingston

St Mirren vs Celtic

Saints take on the holders

Jags welcome Lions

Partick Thistle vs Livingston

Ton take on ‘Well

Greenock Morton vs Motherwell

Dons host League Two opponents

Aberdeen vs Bonnyrigg Rose

Highland trip awaits Hibees

First out the hat

Kilmarnock vs Brora Rangers/Cove Rangers

Here we go!

Finally, after the long wait we are about to get the balls rolling.

The highlights have been taken in and now it is over to the draw. Christian Dailly the man pulling out the ties.

Draw approaching

Don’t go away now – this is your 10 minute warning to grab a cuppa and a biscuit.

The draw is due to kick-off at 8.15pm so it is almost time to find out who is going to be facing who.

Will we be treated to derby days? Or will more David v Goliath tales emerge?

Barren runs

There are plenty of sides in this round who are keen to break lengthy ducks without the Scottish Cup.

Celtic and Rangers have both won it recently but you need to go back to 1990 and 1991 for the last time Aberden and Motherwell lifted it.

Hibs claimed glory in 2016 and Hearts prevailed in 2012. Kilmarnock date back to 1997 and St Mirren are in 1987.

Airdrie, Morton and Partick Thistle would love to break ducks standing at over 100 years old.

New-look last 16 squads

How will the squads look for this round of the competition come February 10th?

Nicolas Kuhn was unveiled to Parkhead supporters pre-game against Buckie. And Philippe Clement is closing in on Mohamed Diomande, who could appear in the next round if he signs.

Hibs, Hearts, Aberdeen and more will also have fresh faces keen to make a Scottish Cup impression.

Tough sledding

It was far from plain-sailing for the Premiership clubs in yesterday’s ties.

Hearts needed a stoppage time goal to avoid extra-time against League Two Spartans. And Livingston had to come from behind against Raith.

Forfar made Hibs work for their progression, and may feel they have missed a chance for a shock. Alloa had Motherwell on edge with their leveller in the first half before the Steelmen eventually took control.

Rodgers’ VAR wink

Liel Abada is brought down in the box by Buckie’s Jack Murray

A little bit of reaction to this afternoon’s match and VAR chat has again emerged…

Brendan Rodgers aimed an icy blast at VAR after Celtic stormed into the last 16 of the Scottish cup with a five goal battering of Buckie Thistle.

The defending champions had another four goals chopped off by the officials as storm Isha wreaked some havoc of its own on Glasgow’s east end. But, while the Parkhead boss was content that the key calls were correct, he was angered by a decision in the opening minutes of the match to deny his side a penalty kick only for it to be overturned after a review showed Liel Abada had strayed offside in the build up.


Lower league troopers

Just how many teams from below the Premiership remain in this year’s competition?

Bonnyrigg’s famous win over Falkirk has them fighting to live another day. They are the lowest-ranked side left with Championship clubs making up the rest.

Inverness and Morton beat other teams beneath them to make it here while Airdrie and Partick Thistle overcame Premiership opponents to progress.

Now they age-old question lurks. Get a tie that is winnable or hope for a big side away for maximum cash?

Dates to remember

Fans will all want to know when these ties will be going ahead.

That date in the diary will be the weekend of February 10th. Those will be subject to change though.

TV picks will be announced and Celtic plus Rangers ties are likely candidates for selection.

Surprises of the round?

There are a few contenders for this.

While perhaps not the largest shock, Partick Thistle’s 3-0 stroll over Ross County certainly left its mark.

But it’s Bonnyrigg who hold the winning ticket, having struck late to inflict a first loss since July upon Falkirk.

Airdrie also punched upwards to beat St Johnstone.

Stormy stroll

Celtic’s Rocco Vata celebrates with Daniel Kelly after making it 5-0 (Image: SNS Group)

Rocco Vata emerged from the Celtic cold in stormy Glasgow weather to round off a 5-0 Scottish Cup rout of Buckie Thistle.

The Highland League side knew they were up against it and five goals from five different scores did the damage on a day where five could have been ten. The linesman was one of the busiest men on the pitch with his offside flag working overtime with a number of disallowed goals and close VAR calls.


Good evening!

Hello and welcome as we build up to this evening’s fiifth round Scottish Cup draw.

Celtic brushed past Buckie Thistle in the final tie of the round to make their way here and they will be one team others will be looking to avoid.

Keep up to date with all the latest right here.

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