CELTIC were paired at home against Morton in tonight’s Scottish Cup quarter-final draw – after an amazing action replay at Hampden.
In a remarkable balls-up, the ballot had to be redrawn after Ronny Deila’s side had originally been paired with Dundee United at Tannadice.
The Hoops were second out of the hat and Dumbarton or Dundee came next, but, unfortunately, one of the plastic balls then snapped open.
SFA President Alan McRae had to stop proceedings and the draw was immediately declared void in fairly farcical conditions.
After a delay of 15 minutes, the ballot took place again and this time former Hoops hero Lubomir Moravcik pulled out his old club’s name to face Jim Duffy’s Cappielow side at Parkhead – a home draw at last!
It took a genius like Lubo to get Celtic a home tie!
However, the champions will recall it was only two seasons ago that the Greenock side came away from Glasgow with a sensational 1-0 extra-time win to knock Neil Lennon’s side out of the League Cup.
Cup holders Inverness Caley Thistle face a trip to Edinburgh in the next round as they await next Tuesday’s winners of the Hearts v Hibs replay.
Dundee United lost home advantage and will now have to travel to Dingwall to take on Ross County.
Kilmarnock or The Rangers will play Dumbarton or Dundee, thus ensuring the Ibrox club their usual home draw in Domestic cup competitions.
One wit at the weekend asked – what do you call an away cup match for The Rangers?
His answer: a replay.
The ties are due on the weekend of March 5/6.