Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Scottish Cup draw: Celtic travel to Kilmarnock
Rangers and Celtic were kept apart in the draw for the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup on Wednesday afternoon.
Rangers - still in pursuit of a domestic Treble - will play at home to Dundee United if they overcome St Mirren in a replay. The two teams drew 0-0 at the weekend.
Celtic have been drawn away to Kilmarnock - a prospect that may concern Tony Mowbray after he saw Robbie Keane's debut turn sour with a 1-0 defeat at Rugby Park on February 2.
Meanwhile, high-flying Hibernian face First Division side Ross County and Dundee will take on Raith Rovers or Aberdeen.
Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston is hoping "lightning can strike twice". The Hoops lost for the first time in nine years against Killie when they went down 1-0 at Rugby Park in the SPL last week.
After the draw at Hampden, made by snooker World Champion John Higgins and Glasgow businessman Willie Haughey, Johnston said: "I know that Robbie Keane and the other players will have more time to settle in and they will be a different proposition from the team we faced recently, but we've done it once
and we can do it again.
"The most important thing was it's at Rugby Park. Obviously there are other teams we would rather have drawn than Celtic. But we beat them last time we played and you never know, lightning can
strike twice. We are just glad to be in the quarter-finals."
Holders Rangers will host Dundee United if they win their fifth-round replay
against St Mirren next Wednesday. The Tannadice side could return to the venue
where they lost 7-1 in an SPL fixture in December and United chairman Steven
Thompson bemoaned his club's lack of luck in cup draws.
"That is our sixth away tie on the trot,'' he said. "With the way St Mirren are playing you never know but I would have preferred a different draw because you would imagine its away to Rangers.
"I know we had the game against them back in December but there was a hangover from Craig Levein leaving (to become Scotland boss). This time it's a cup game, a one-off game.''
First-time quarter-finalists Ross County, who beat Stirling Albion 9-0 in the
last round, were handed a trip to Hibernian. County boss Derek Adams admits their opponents, who last won the trophy 108
years ago, will believe they are set to take another step towards ending their
Scottish Cup hoodoo.
"People will be saying that they got a favourable draw against a First
Division side and they will progress to the semi-finals,'' Adams said. "They are at home, they really should win the game and so the pressure is off
us, without a doubt.
"To play against Hibs will be good for my players and we will go there high on
confidence after scoring so many goals in the tournament so far. Hopefully we can make a wee bit of revenue for the club but it also gives the
players a chance to play on the big stage.''
Draw for Active Nation Scottish Cup quarter-finals (ties to be played on weekend of March 13):
Dundee v Raith or Aberdeen
Hibernian v Ross County
Kilmarnock v Celtic
St Mirren or Rangers v Dundee United