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CELTIC TAKE ON PERTH SAINTS

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HOLDERS Celtic are on their travels again as they face St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park in the Betfred League Cup quarter-final next month.

After beating Partick Thistle 3-1 at Firhill yesterday, they were drawn out of the ballot this afternoon by former Rangers manager and striker Ally McCoist.

The Ibrox icon was involved in the live draw today along with ex-Hoops hitman Chris Sutton.

Brendan Rodgers saw his side, who have won the competition twice during the Parkhead side’s historic double treble seasons, overcome Partick Thistle 3-1 at Firhill yesterday with goals from Leigh Griffiths, Moussa Dembele and Tom Rogic.

The Irishman, though, was not satisfied with his team’s performance.

Rodgers said: “It was a good result for us, but so many things weren’t very good in the game, mostly our pressing and intensity which have really been the hallmark of our game.

“So, in that aspect, we were too passive.”

The Perth outfit knocked out Queen of the South 4-2 at Palmerston after extra-time.

Rangers beat Kilmarnock 3-1 thanks to an Alfredo Morelos hat-trick at Rugby Park this afternoon to set up a home tie against Championship outfit Ayr United, who shocked Dundee 3-0 at Dens Park where striker Lawrence Shankland netted two.

Neil McCann’s men finished the game with nine players after Sofien Moussa and Genseric Kusunga had been red-carded..

Boss Steven Gerrard said: “It’s a good draw for both teams and a tie we will look forward to.

“It was part of my team-talk to say to the players they are four games away from winning a trophy, three away from a Final. You are close to getting to Hampden. That’s exciting, an incentive.

“If we go and perform like we did today when we play Ayr United we have a chance of playing at Hampden. That will be big for my players.”

Hibs beat Ross County 3-2 this afternoon and their reward is a home encounter against Aberdeen while Premiership leaders Hearts will also play in Edinburgh after being paired with Motherwell.

THE DRAW: 

Rangers v Ayr United

St Johnstone v Celtic

Hearts v Motherwell

Hibs v Aberdeen

Ties due September 25, 26 and 27.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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