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BETFRED CUP DRAW: CELTIC HOME TO ROSS COUNTY, GERS AT FALKIRK

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HOLDERS Celtic will face Ross County in the Betfred League Cup last-16 while last season’s beaten Finalists Rangers will travel to Falkirk.

The ballot was held at Easter this evening after Hibs’ 4-1 win over Championship outfit Dundee. Remarkably, they were paired with each other half-an-hour later.

Neil Lennon’s men will almost certainly have the tie switched to Sunday, November 29 as they are scheduled to play Sparta Prague in the Europa League Group H encounter in the Czech Republic the previous Thursday evening.

The clubs met in September in the Premiership and the champions enjoyed a convincing 5-0 success in Dingwall. They faced each other twice in the east end of Glasgow last term and the homesters won twice, scoring nine goals in the process – a 6-0 victory in October and a 3-0 success in January.

The Hoops go into the tie aiming to win the silverware for the FIFTH consecutive season.

Celtic’s four consecutive triumphs in the competition have come against Aberdeen 3-0 to get the ball rolling in 2016, with Motherwell beaten 2-0 a year later, then the Dons again 1-0 and last season Christopher Jullien got the winner against Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox side in another grand finale.

There are two intriguing all-Premiership confrontations with St Mirren due to welcome Aberdeen while Motherwell will host St Johnstone.

FULL DRAW:

CELTIC v Ross County

Falkirk v Rangers

Livingston v Ayr United

St Mirren v Aberdeen

Hibs v Dundee

Arbroath v Dunfermline

Motherwell v St Johnstone

Alloa v Hearts

Ties due on weekend November 28/29

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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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