Despite hopes of some, that Celtic and Rangers would be drawn against one another and create the first Old Firm encounter since Rangers’ demise, they will have to wait a wee while longer as both teams were kept apart in the draw.
Last year’s runners-up Celtic will play host to St.Johnstone and will be favourites to secure the first silverware of the season.
Rangers, the only lower league side left in the competition, play host to SPL side Inverness Caledonian Thistle. It had been reported that fans groups were intent on boycotting the game if they had been drawn away from home to starve said SPL club of revenue. However, Rangers received a home tie, although part of the cup ticket revenue will go to Inverness Caley either way – thus defeating the purpose of ANY boycott.
The other two ties have seen Dundee United drawn at home to Hearts, while St.Mirren will travel north to face Craig Brown’s Aberdeen side.
The ties will be played on 30 and 31 October 2012.
Will it be a Celtic and Rangers final? Or will those hoping for the derby’s return have to wait a while longer?