Testing Scottish Cup ties for Capital clubs

A lot has happened since Hearts last played Celtic in the Scottish Cup. A 2-1 victory at Hampden setting up the Edinburgh derby final. Pic Ian Rutherford
A lot has happened since Hearts last played Celtic in the Scottish Cup. A 2-1 victory at Hampden setting up the Edinburgh derby final. Pic Ian Rutherford
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HEARTS and Hibs were both handed difficult draws in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup today against Celtic and Ross County respectively.

The current holders will visit Tynecastle for a tie expected to be broadcast live on television, whilst Hibs make the potentially hazardous trip to Dingwall.

The draw will be welcomed from a financial perspective by Hearts’ administrators BDO. They are already guaranteed a six-figure sum from the team’s progress to the League Cup semi-finals and will be pleased at securing the tie of the fourth round against Celtic with the likely added bonus of television revenue.

Hibs have a poor record at Ross County’s Victoria Park and will head north at the end of the month under new management following Pat Fenlon’s resignation.

Other ties likely to generate plenty interest include Falkirk v Rangers, Dundee United v Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle v Aberdeen. The matches will be played over the weekend of November 30/December 1.

Scottish Cup fourth round draw in full: Falkirk v Rangers; Albion Rovers v Motherwell; Culter or Berwick Rangers v Dumbarton; Clyde v Stranraer or Auchinleck Talbot; Dundee United v Kilmarnock; Queen of the South v St Mirren; Stenhousemuir or Annan Athletic v Fraserburgh; Brechin City v Forfar Athletic; Alloa Athletic v Stirling Albion; Ross County v Hibernian; Dundee v Raith Rovers; St Johnstone v Livingston; Partick Thistle v Aberdeen; Hearts v Celtic; Ayr United v Dunfermline; Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Morton.