Written by @transferfeed
Scottish Cup week is upon us! Scottish Premiership clubs enter the oldest association football tournament in this round with two derbies inside the Premiership lined up in the Lanarkshire Derby (Motherwell vs Hamilton Academical) & the Edinburgh Derby (Heart of Midlothian vs Hibernian.)
Formatine United vs Cove Rangers, Peterhead vs Dumbarton Athletic & Livingston vs Falkirk have all been postponed due to bad weather.
Let’s take a closer look at each fixture!
Aberdeen vs St Mirren (Sat, 12:15, BBC)
Last years runners up take on Championship high flyers St Mirren in a very interesting affair. The Dons currently sit 2nd in the Premiership, only 8 points off of leaders Celtic whilst the Buddies sit top of the Championship 8 points from second placed Dundee United although the Tangerines have a game in hand. Lewis Morgan is definitely one to watch with the young former Rangers academy graduate having scored 13 goals in 28 games this season also chipping in with 7 assists. Morgan has recently been picked up by Scottish Champions Celtic for a fee of £300k with an immediate loan back to the Saints for the rest of the season. Aberdeen’s danger man also comes in the form of a Hoops player, this time attacking midfielder Ryan Christie who has scored 5 goals & 8 assists in 25 games.
Ayr United vs Arbroath (Sat, 15:00)
In another close affair 2nd placed in League One, Ayr United take on 3rd placed, Arbroath. Just two weeks ago Arbroath beat Ayr 2-1 in the league with the Honest Men losing with man to spare. Former Aberdeen player Lawrence Shankland has scored 7 goals in 7 Ladbrokes League One games this season, that’s 81 minutes per goal for Ayr this season! Ronaldo has scored 3 less goals in La Liga this season in 680 more minutes. Ok maybe the Spanish top flight is of a standard more competitive than the Scottish 3rd flight but it’s incredible that Shankland is achieving goal scoring feats CR7 could only dream of this season!
Motherwell vs Hamilton Academical (Sat, 15:00)
The Lanarkshire debry! Motherwell’s new reinforcements Nadir Ciftci (on loan from Celtic) & Curtis Main may be thrown in the deep end due to star striker Louis Moult packing his bags for Preston North End. A similar situation has occurred at the Accies with Greg Docherty failing to make Hamilton’s match day squad amidst speculation of a move to Rangers. The last time these two met was a 2-1 away win in the league for Motherwell. The Steelmen currently sit one place & one point ahead of Hamilton with the sides in 8th & 9th place in the Premiership respectively.
Dundee vs Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Sat, 15:00)
Premiership side Dundee take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Cup tomorrow! Caley Thistle have won their last two games scoring a combined 7 goals whilst Dundee’s last two games being a 2-0 win over St Johnstone & a 2-0 loss to Celtic although that being nearly a month ago due to the Premiership’s winter break. One to Watch for this game is definitely Riccardo Calder after his MOTM performance in Caledonian Thistle’s last outing against Queen of the South.
East Fife vs Brora Rangers (Sat, 15:00)
After Brora Rangers, who currently sit 7th in the Highland League, shocked 5th placed Ladbrokes League One side Stranraer in the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup they will now he looking to perform a double shock against 6th place East Fife. East Fife have been on patchy form recently although their last game was a 1-0 win over Alloa Athletic.
Alloa Athletic vs Dundee United (Sat, 15:00)
Although United are the clear favourites for this game they have been shocking in their last two games considering the standards they have set this season. A 0-0 draw in their last game with Dunfermline Athletic & a 6-1, yes 6-1 loss to 9th placed Falkirk has saw Dundee United go 8 points adrift of top spot with the Tangerines possibly slipping up once again against Alloa Athletic.
Celtic vs Brechin City (Sat, 15:00)
Celtic have lost one time domestically in the last two season whilst Brechin City currently sit rock bottom of the Championship with 3 points & 0 wins. It’s a real part time vs prime time, David vs Goliath. Celtic are currently experiencing a mini injury crisis with Jonny Hayes, Patrick Roberts, Tom Rogic, Marvin Compper, Anthony Ralston & Leigh Griffiths all out through injury. Although the physio table is looking crowded at Celtic Park they should certainly have enough to see of Brechin City, whose biggest achievement in their history is either winning the 3rd tier of Scottish football or the Challenge Cup. It will need to be a freak game if the Scottish Cup holders are to be put out in their preliminary round although freak games have happened in the Hoops recent history including a 2-1 loss to Clyde in the 2006 Scottish Cup 3rd round. Clyde only had two players signed to a professional contract that season whilst Celtic were off the bat of a 1-1 draw against Barcelona the season before.
Kilmarnock vs Ross County (Sat, 15:00)
Killie will be going into this game full of confidence with Steve Clarke transforming the side & brining in former English Premier League talent including Youssouf Mulumbu, who has been phenomenal since joining the club. County currently sit bottom, 3 points off of the relegation play-offs whilst Kilmarnock are bang on mid table. Clarke won the most recent Manager of the Month award for the Labdrokes Premiership, the December edition!
Queen of the South vs Partick Thistle (Sat, 15:00)
An unpredictable match up between 5th placed Championship side Queen of the South & 11 placed Premiership side relegation play-off Partick Thistle. Thistle took a blow last week with Coventry City recalling Jordan Turnbull from his loan spell at the Jags with manager Alan Archibald saying Thistle are in the hunt for defenders yesterday whilst Queens confirmed the signing of Kyle Cameron on a 6 month loan from Newcastle United yesterday.
Dunfermline Athletic vs Greenock Morton (Sat, 15:00)
Going into this game The Ton haven’t won in 4 outings whilst the Pars impressively drew 0-0 with Dundee United last time out. Dunfermline currently sit 3rd in the Championship going into this game as favourites with Morton 7th. Morton’s new recruitment in defence Canadian international & former Rangers player Luca Gasparotto will be hoping to hit the ground running whilst Dunfermline left midfielder Joe Cardle has been on fine form this season scoring 7 & assisting 5 in 18 games.
Albion Rovers vs St Johnstone (Sat, 15:00)
The Wee Rovers have a tough test on their hands when Perth side St Johnstone come to visit on Saturday. Rovers haven’t recorded a W in their last 4 outings whilst fans are split on Tommy Wright at McDiarmid Park with the Saints currently sitting 7th in the Premiership. Keep your eyes on young Albion striker Conor Shields who scored 3 goals in 4 Betfred Cup matches this season & has attracted interest from Watford & Aston Villa.
Fraserburgh vs Rangers (Sun, 12:00, Sky Sports)
In Rangers last game they drew 0-0 with Celtic at Celtic Park whilst Fraserburgh drew 2-2 with Inverurie Loco Works... It’s an achievement for the Broch just to be at this stage in the tournament & to be the first ever Highland League club to have a game televised live but they won’t stop there & will be looking to salvage something from their game against a team 4 divisions above them. Fraserburgh will take inspiration from their historic 1-0 win over Dundee way back in 1959. Rangers currently sit 3rd in the Scottish Premiership whilst Fraserburgh are 2nd in the Highland League looking for promotion to Ladbrokes League 2 for the first time in the clubs history. Broch player Ryan Christie, not to be confused with his namesake at Celtic (on loan at Aberdeen), has put in several solid performances this season whilst Premiership top scorer Alfredo Morelos could he key for Rangers alongside new signings Sean Goss, Russel Martin & Jason Cummings.
Heart of Midlothian vs Hibernian (Sun, 14:05, Sky Sports)
Edinburgh Derby time! Just like to say if you made it to this point in the article you won’t be disappointed as we’ve got a real crunch clash! The Jambos will be looking to get their first win against the Hibees in the Scottish Cup in 6 years with new arrival Steven Naismith likely to start. John McGinn will be a key figure in this fixture with Sam Stanton off to Dundee United & Anthony Stokes looking unlikely to play due to a move to Charlton Athletic or Poland looking likely. Craig Levein’s could seek out a certain Harry Cochrane to steal the show with the 17 year old being the star man in Hearts 4-0 win over Celtic last year ending the Bhoys 69 game unbeaten run. Hearts haven’t won in a Tynecastle Edinburgh Derby in 9 years. Hopefully this game doesn’t bore us all to tears like the last encounter between these 2 sides back in December with Simon Murray’s disallowed goal being probably the only clear cut chance off the game.
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