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CELTIC FACE FALKIRK, HEARTS IN CUP SHOCKER

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CELTIC will take on Falkirk in their Scottish Cup Third Round tie at Parkhead next month.

The Bairns battled back from a goal down against Arbroath at Gayfield to seal their encounter against the holders who are going for their FIFITH successive triumph in the national competition.

Thomas O’Brien gave the hosts an early lead, but Charlie Telfer levelled with a clever finish just before the interval.

Falkirk were under the cosh for most of the second-half, but snatched the winning goal three minutes from the end when on-loan Dundee United youngster Kai Fotheringham finished off a breakaway in fine style.

The most amazing result of the night, though, concerned Hearts who made the Hoops fight all the way to overcome them in the delayed silverware showdown at Hampden five days before Christmas. On that occasion, the Tynecastle men held Neil Lennon’s side to a 3-3 stalemate after extra-time, but Conor Hazard’s double penalty-kick saves in the shoot-out helped complete the quadruple treble.

However, there were no such heroics in the Highlands as Robbie Neilson’s men collapsed 2-1 to Brora Rangers.

The Highland League champions had not played since their 2-1 first-round win against Camelon on January 11, hours before Scottish football was suspended below the top two divisions.

Their league remains suspended, with Brora having played just three league matches, but they stunned Neilson’s Championship leaders at Dudgeon Park.

They took the lead in the 12th minute when Jordan Macrae found the top corner following a break down the left. The Edinburgh club drew level in the 69th minute when Christophe Berra volleyed home after a corner.

Incredibly, Brora regained the lead six minutes later when Martin Maclean headed home from a corner.

The home team held on to set up a third-round tie at home to Stranraer on April 3.

Revised Scottish Cup third-round draw:

CELTIC v Falkirk

Forfar v Edinburgh City

Dundee United v Partick Thistle

Livingston v Raith Rovers

Brora Rangers v Stranraer

Stenhousemuir v Kilmarnock

Rangers v Cove Rangers

Ross County v Inverness Caley Thistle

Queen of the South v Hibs

Dumbarton v Aberdeen

East Fife v Morton

Hamilton Accies v St Mirren

Dundee v St Johnstone

Ayr United v Clyde

Formartine United v Motherwell

Fraserburgh v Montrose

Ties to be played on the weekend of April 3.

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