Old Firm handed cup draw danger

THE OLD FIRM were today handed trips into the unknown after being drawn against lower-league opposition in the William Hill Scot-tish Cup fourth round.

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Rangers, who crashed out of the Scottish Communities League Cup to Irn-Bru First Division Falkirk earlier this season, will travel to Second Division title challengers Abroath.

Holders Celtic face a trip to Peterhead, who are currently ninth in Scotland's bottom tier and managed by ex-Hoops defender Jim McInally.

Danny Lennon's St Mirren face a home tie against last season's relegation rivals, Hamilton Accies.

Motherwell have come out favourably, netting a Fir Park fixture against the winners of Saturday's replay between Third Division pair Queen's Park and Elgin while Kilmarnock face a potentially tricky trip to Dundee.

Partick Thistle, who were held to a shock 1-1 draw by Junior outfit Culter on Saturday, will face Queen of the South at Firhill if they can see off Andy Gibson's side in a replay, while West Region Juniors Auchinleck Talbot have a plum tie at troubled SPL club Hearts.

First Division rivals Morton and Raith Rovers face off at Stark's Park.

Meanwhile, SFA chief executive Stewart Regan will bid to secure some weekend fixtures when he negotiates Scotland's World Cup 2014 qualifying schedule.

Regan will meet counterparts from Scotland's opponents – Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Macedonia and Wales – in Brussels tomorrow.

Scottish Cup fourth round draw:

Ross County v Stenhousemuir

Livingston v Ayr/Montrose

Raith v Morton

Hearts v Auchinleck Talbot

Cowdenbeath v Hibernian

St Johnstone v Brechin

Stranraer/Forfar v Aberdeen

Culter/Partick v Queen of South

Inverness v Dunfermline

Falkirk v East Fife

Motherwell v Elgin/Queen's Park

Arbroath v Rangers

Peterhead v Celtic

Airdrie Utd v Dundee Utd

Dundee v Kilmarnock

St Mirren v Hamilton

Ties to be played January 7-8

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