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Scottish Cup: Hearts’ Locke welcomes Celtic clash

The draw for the fourth round of the Scottish Cup took place today. Picture: SNS

The draw for the fourth round of the Scottish Cup took place today. Picture: SNS

HEARTS manager Gary Locke has welcomed the William Hill Scottish Cup draw - despite being paired with holders Celtic.

The administration-hit club are set for a full house at Tynecastle and probable television money of about £80,000 too.

Locke told his club’s official website: “From a financial point of view it is a great draw and will bring in some much-needed revenue.

“When you’re in the cup all you can ask for is a home tie and while it is going to be extremely difficult it is one we’re all looking forward to.

“I’m sure if you had asked Neil Lennon what would be the most difficult draw for Celtic, he would’ve said Hearts at Tynecastle.

“It’s another great opportunity for our young players to prove themselves against the top team in Scotland.”

Meanwhile, Locke revealed midfielder Jamie Hamill had not trained so far this week because of a tight hamstring.

Hearts face second-placed Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Saturday having taken one point from eight games since beating the Dons at home.

All-Premiership ties

There are three other all-Premiership affairs with Hibernian travelling to Ross County - who defeated the Easter Road side in a replay in 2010 - Partick Thistle welcoming Aberdeen to Firhill, and Dundee United hosting Kilmarnock.

Rangers face a trip to Falkirk while Queen of the South will welcome St Mirren to Palmerston Park.

Inverness CT face Morton at the Caledonian Stadium and Albion Rovers take on Motherwell. St Johnstone face Championship side Livingston at McDiarmid Park.

Junior side Auchinleck Talbot could play Clyde if they defeat Stranraer in their third round replay.

Culter or Berwick will host Dumbarton and Fraserburgh, who knocked out Montrose in the last round, face the winners of the replay between Stenhousemuir and Annan.

Brechin entertain Forfar, Alloa Athletic welcome Stirling Albion to Recreation Park and there’s a Championship clash at Dens as Dundee play Raith Rovers.

Ayr United, semi-finalists in the 2001/02 season host Dunfermline, who made the fourth round draw after an eight-goal thriller at Elgin.

Draw in full

Falkirk v Rangers

Albion Rovers v Motherwell

Culter or Berwick Rangers v Dumbarton

Clyde v Stranraer or Auchinleck Talbot

Dundee United v Kilmarnock

Queen of the South v St Mirren

Stenhousemuir or Annan Athletic v Fraserburgh

Brechin City v Forfar Athletic

Alloa Athletic v Stirling Albion

Ross County v Hibernian

Dundee v Raith Rovers

St Johnstone v Livingston

Partick Thistle v Aberdeen

Hearts v Celtic

Ayr United v Dunfermline Athletic

Inverness CT v Greenock Morton

Ties to be played on the weekend of November 30 and December 1.

 

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