CELTIC will face Sevco Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden next month.
Brendan Rodgers’ men were first out of tonight’s ballot and the Ibrox side followed while Motherwell will take on Aberdeen or Kilmarnock in the other last four clash.
For the Hoops, it is a replay of last season’s semi against the Ibrox outfit, then managed by Pedro Caixinha, when Callum McGregor and Scott Sinclair, with a penalty-kick, shot the champions to a 2-0 win on their way to beating Aberdeen 2-1 in the Final to complete their glorious Invinclibles season.
Graeme Murty watched his side see off the challenge of Paul Hartley’s plucky Falkirk outfit at Ibrox this afternoon with Jason Cummings netting a hat-trick in their 4-1 triumph.
Aaron Muirhead scored for and against the Championship side as the Govan side eased into the meeting with the Parkhead men who are zeroing in on a historic back-to-back double trebles.
The Gers caretaker boss had a warning for Rodgers when he said: “I called it. I thought if we got through, we would get them.
“To win the Cup you have to beat the best teams and it will be a fantastic occasion, a fantastic day.
“It will be a game we’ve got to do our best to win. I see a group of players in my changing room who want to take the mantle off them and that’s a good thing.
“Regardless of their strengths or weaknesses, we have to impose ourselves on the game and I believe we have the squad with the capacity to go and do that.
“And, in recent times, that’s the first time we have had that.”
The holders, of course, booked their place at Hampden 24 hours earlier with a solid 3-0 victory over Morton with Moussa Dembele (2) and Odsonne Edouard on target.
Motherwell will now meet either the Dons or Killie who drew 1-1 at Pittodrie yesterday.
The Lanarkshire team got through to their second successive competition semi-final this season. Earlier, they beat the Pittodrie side 3-0 before losing 2-0 to the Hoops in the League Cup Final.
Well made sure of their place with a dramatic late 2-1 win over Hearts at Fir Park this afternoon.
Curtis Main netted the opener for the home side after a mix-up in the Tynecastle side’s defence, but Kyle Lafferty levelled with a well-taken penalty-kick before the interval.
Carl McHugh hit the winner near the end with an explosive 25-yard drive that hurtled past the helpless Jon McLaughlin.
CELTIC v Sevco Rangers
Motherwell v Aberdeen or Kilmarnock
Ties to be played on the weekend of April 14/15.
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