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CELTIC AT HIBS, DONS COULD FACE GERS AGAIN, HEARTS AT JAGS

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HOLDERS Celtic will face Hibs at Easter Road in the Scottish Cup quarter-final after this evening draw in Dingwall.

The ballot, which was made after Ross County’s last-gasp 2-2 draw with Inverness Caley Thistle, has thrown together some intriguing ties.

Aberdeen, who defeated Rangers 1-0 in the Betfred League Cup semi-final this season, could face the Ibrox men again at Pittodrie in the national competition.

Steven Gerrard’s side drew with Kilmarnock on Saturday night at Rugby Park and the replay will take place a week on Wednesday at Ibrox with a tie at Dons up for grabs.

There will be an all-Championship tie at Tannadice where Dundee United will take on the winners of next Tuesday’s replay between the Highlanders who were locked in stalemate tonight with Josh Mullin grabbing a stoppage-time leveller for the Staggies.

Gary Caldwell’s Partick Thistle, who just edged East Fife at the weekend, will play host to Craig Levein’s Hearts side, who avoided the Auchinleck banana skin, at Firhill next month.

Ally eyes will be on Easter Road, though, where Brendan Rodgers’ men, bidding for an unprecedented treble treble, will be looking for revenge on the Edinburgh side who took three points off them in the 2-0 loss in December.

The champions, of course, have beaten the Leith outfit twice at Parkhead in this campaign, 4-2 in October and 2-0 last week.

The Hoops have reached this stage with an eight-goal haul without conceding one following a 3-0 win over Airdrie at the first hurdle and 5-0 against St Johnstone in Glasgow yesterday.

Top goalscorer is Scott Sinclair with five strikes, which included a hat-trick against the Perth outfit and a double versus the League One side. Timothy Weah, James Forrest and skipper Scott Brown have chipped in with the others.

QUARTER-FINAL DRAW

Aberdeen v Kilmarnock or Rangers

Dundee United v Ross County or Inverness Caley Thistle

Partick Thistle v Hearts

Hibs v Celtic

Ties due weekend March 2/3

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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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