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