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CELTIC v AIRDRIE IN CUP KICK-OFF

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CELTIC will start the defence of the Scottish Cup they have won for the past two seasons against Airdrie at Parkhead in January.

Brendan Rodgers’ side, who have beaten Aberdeen 2-1 and Motherwell 2-0 in the two grand finales during his reign at the Hoops, will host the League One outfit in the fourth round of the competition.

The Lanarkshire team, who are fifth in their division, beat Dumbarton 3-0 to book their place.

The ties will be played on the weekend of January 19/20 next year.

Airdrie famously provided the opposition in the Scottish Cup Final in 1975, a game which went into club history as legendary skipper Billy McNeill’s last appearance for the Hoops.
Two goals from Paul Wilson and a penalty-kick from Pat McCluskey made certain Celtic’s Greatest-Ever Captain went out as a winner as Jock Stein’s team won 3-1.
There are two all-Premiership meetings with Hearts facing Livingston and St Johnstone hosting Hamilton Accies who were beaten 3-0 by the champions at home earlier this afternoon.
Elsewhere, Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox men will travel to Cowdenbeath, Neil Lennon’s Hibs side, who won the trophy in 2016, play Elgin City at Easter Road while last season’s beaten finalists Well will go up against Ross County in a repeat of last week’s Challenge Cup quarter-final when their colts lost 2-1 to the Championship side.

THE FULL DRAW: 

CELTIC v Airdrie

Cowdenbeath v Rangers

East Fife v Morton

Auchinleck Talbot v Ayr United

St Mirren v Alloa

Edinburgh City or Inverness Caley Thistle v East KilbrideHibs v Elgin City

Hearts v Livingston

Aberdeen v Stenhousemuir

St Johnstone v Hamilton Accies

Dundee v Queen of the South

Motherwell v Ross County

Raith Rovers v Dunfermline

Montrose or Annan Athletic v Dundee United

Kilmarnock v Forfar

Partick Thistle v Stranraer

Ties to be played weekend of January 19/20

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