BARRING a disaster, holders Celtic will see off Buckie Thistle at Parkhead this afternoon to take their place in the Scottish Cup Fifth Round draw this evening.

The Hoops game should be concluded just before 6pm and then they will have to wait for over two hours to discover their fate in the ballot which will be made live on BBC Sportscene at 8.15pm.

The programme is due to start at 7.15pm and the draw for the national competition, which will be conducted by former Scotland international Christian Dailly, is scheduled for an hour later.

Three top-flight sides Ross County, St Johnstone and Dundee are already out with the Dingwall team crashing 3-0 at home to second-tier Partick Thistle while the Perth outfit went down 1-0 at Airdrie.

The Dens Parkers crashed 2-0 to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Already in the ballot are Premiership clubs Aberdeen, Hibs, Hearts, Kilmarnock, Livingston, Motherwell, St Mirren and Rangers while Airdrie, Ayr United, Bonnyrigg Rose, Morton, Partick Thistle and Inverness Caley Thistle.

The Brora Rangers v Cove Rangers tie which was postponed yesterday has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 7.45pm.

Fifth round ties due on weekend of February 10/11.

* DON’T miss the unbeatable match report from Celtic v Buckie Thistle this afternoon – only in your champion CQN.

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