The fourth round of the Scottish Cup looks set to offer up some fireworks at a meeting between Celtic and Rangers is on the cards.
Steven Gerrard’s league champions still need to navigate their third-round tie with League One’s Cove Rangers on Sunday, but given they have lost just twice in all competitions this season, they are clear favourites for that game.
If they get through as expected, they’ll have to brace themselves for a visit from defending champions Celtic across the weekend of April 17, with the Old Firm derby being the clear standout tie from the fourth round.
It’s Rangers who have had the better of Celtic this season. A 2-0 win in October was followed by a 1-0 victory in January, but John Kennedy’s men ended their run of defeats with a respectable 1-1 draw shortly before the last international break.
Aberdeen vs Livingston
Forfar Athletic vs Dundee United
Kilmarnock vs Montrose
Motherwell vs Greenock Morton
Rangers/Cove Rangers vs Celtic
St. Johnstone vs Clyde
St. Mirren vs Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Stranraer vs Queen of the South/Hibernian
The rest of the fourth-draw doesn’t exactly get the mouth watering, but if we look to the fifth-round draw, a potential meeting between New Firm rivals Aberdeen and Dundee United could steal the show.
For that match to happen, Aberdeen would need to get through Livingston, while Dundee United must come out on top in their trip to Forfar Athletic.
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Kilmarnock/Montrose vs St.Mirren/Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Rangers/Cove Rangers/Celtic vs St. Johnstone/Clyde
Stranraer/Queen of the South/Hibernian vs Motherwell/Greenock Morton
Fifth-round ties will be played one week after the fourth, over the weekend of April 24.
The lucky four teams to make it through to the semi-final will butt heads on May 8, before the final is held on May 22 at Hampden Park.