Celtic and Rangers receive home ties as clubs learn fate in Scottish Cup third round draw
Celtic and Rangers have been handed home ties against lower league opposition in the third round of the Scottish Cup.
The draw, which was held at 11am on Sunday morning, was made by former Rangers star Peter Lovenkrands and was broadcast live on the official Scottish Cup Youtube channel.
Celtic will begin their defence of the trophy against either Arbroath or Falkirk, who saw their second round tie at Gayfield on Saturday postponed due to a frozen pitch. The pair will now compete for the right to travel to Celtic Park in the rescheduled fixture on Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile, last season’s League Two champions, Cove Rangers, managed by former Celtic midfielder Paul Hartley, have earned a third round tie at Ibrox following their 3-2 win over Championship side Alloa Athletic on Saturday.
Aberdeen face either a trip to League One side Dumbarton or a north-east derby against Highland League outfit Huntly, while Hibs will travel to Dumfries to face Championship side Queen of the South, who have former Easter Road favourite Stephen Dobbie among their ranks.
Championship leaders Hearts will host Stranraer if they come through their second round match against either Camelon or Brora Rangers, who will hope to play their first round tie at the seventh attempt on Monday evening.
Other highlights include the only all Premiership tie which will see Hamilton Accies host St Mirren, a potential Highland derby with Ross County drawn at home to either Buckie Thistle or Inverness CT, while Championship title hopefuls Dundee host near neighbours St Johnstone, who will make the short journey to Dens Park from Perth.
The Scottish Cup third round is scheduled to take place on the weekend of January 30.
The full draw is as follows:
Forfar Athletic v Airdrieonians or Edinburgh City
Dundee United v Partick Thistle or Cowdenbeath
Livingston v Stirling Albion or Raith Rovers
Camelon or Brora Rangers or Hearts v Stranraer
Peterhead or Stenhousemuir v Kilmarnock
Rangers v Cove Rangers
Celtic v Arbroath or Falkirk
Ross County v Buckie Thistle or Inverness CT
Queen of the South v Hibs
Dumbarton or Huntly v Aberdeen
East Fife v Morton/Dunfermline
Hamilton Accies v St Mirren
Dundee v St Johnstone
Elgin City or Ayr United v Keith or Clyde
Formartine United or Annan Athletic v Motherwell
Fraserburgh v Nairn County or Montrose