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TWO PREM SIDES FACE CUP KO

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TWO Premiership teams are heading for the Scottish Cup exit before the last 16 following the Fourth Round draw.

Top-flight sides will clash when Hearts take on Livingston at Tynecastle while St Johnstone face Hamilton Accies at McDairmid Park in ties scheduled for the weekend of January 19/20 next year.

Celtic will start the defence of the trophy they have won for the past two seasons against Airdrie at Parkhead.

Brendan Rodgers’ side, who have beaten Aberdeen 2-1 and Motherwell 2-0 in the two grand finales during his reign at the Hoops, will host the League One outfit who booked their place with a 3-0 victory over Dumbarton.

Steven Gerrard will make his debut in the national tournament when Rangers travel to Cowdenbeath, Neil Lennon’s Hibs side, who won the trophy in 2016, play Elgin City at Easter Road while last season’s beaten finalists Motherwell will go up against Ross County in a repeat of last week’s Challenge Cup quarter-final when their colts lost 2-1 to the Championship side.

THE FULL DRAW:

Cowdenbeath v Rangers

East Fife v Morton

Auchinleck Talbot v Ayr United

St Mirren v Alloa

Edinburgh City or Inverness Caley Thistle v East Kilbride

Hibs v Elgin City

Celtic v Airdrie

Hearts v Livingston

Aberdeen v Stenhousemuir

St Johnstone v Hamilton Accies

Dundee v Queen of the South

Motherwell v Ross County

Raith Rovers v Dunfermline

Montrose or Annan Athletic v Dundee United

Kilmarnock v Forfar

Partick Thistle v Stranraer

Ties to be played weekend of January 19/20

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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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