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HOLDERS CELTIC AND EURO BIG GUNS IN CUP DRAW DATE

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HOLDERS Celtic and Scotland’s four European representatives will go into the Premier Sports League Cup last-16 draw tomorrow.

The ballot will be made at Pittodrie, immediately after Aberdeen’s match against Raith Rovers, which will kick off at 3pm.

The Hoops, Rangers, Hearts, Dundee United and Motherwell – will enter the tournament along with the eight group winners and the three best-placed runners-up. The Euro contingent and the three top group winners will be seeded.

Ange Postecoglou picked up his first piece of silverware as Parkhead gaffer in the competition in December last year when Kyogo Furuhashi fired in a second-half double against Hibs. The Easter Road men had taken the lead shortly after the interval through Paul Hanlon, but the Japanese striker hit a quickfire leveller before lobbing in an exquisite winner at Hampden.

The Edinburgh club will miss out this time around after an incredible administrative blunder, as Scotzinereported yesterday.

Premier Sports will broadcast the draw live around 5pm – unless the Dons v Raith game goes to penalties.

The matches are scheduled to be played midweek on the weekend of August 30/31 and are subject to TV selections.

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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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