The Fifth Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup is set to begin, with eight exciting ties taking place across Saturday and Sunday.
As we edge closer to the Hampden showpiece, sixteen teams will go head-to-head for a place in Sunday’s Sixth Round draw.
Kick-off times in this weekend’s matches will be delayed by one minute this weekend to encourage players, staff and supporters alike to engage in conversation around mental health.
The initiative is part of our support for the ‘Heads Up’ mental health campaign and coincides with ‘Heads Up Weekend’, which is intended to highlight the importance of encouraging conversation about mental health.
With support from all 16 teams across eight fixtures this weekend, the delayed kick-off times are not only aimed at removing the stigma around discussing mental health but also highlighting the support available to people across the country.
If you want to talk to someone, you can call Breathing Space free on 0800 83 85 87, or Samaritans on 116 123.
Saturday – 12.31pm
The first match of the weekend sees Hamilton Academical host Rangers. That match kicks off at 12.31pm on Saturday afternoon, and you can watch it live on Premier Sports.
A win for the hosts would see them reach the Sixth Round for only the second time in the last nine seasons. However Accies haven’t won any of their last 27 home matches against Rangers – their last home victory over the Gers came in December 1938.
⏪ A Joe Garner hat-trick helped seal a 6-0 win for @RangersFC the last time they played Hamilton in the Scottish Cup.— William Hill Scottish Cup (@ScottishCup) February 3, 2020
Who do you think will come out on top this weekend?#ScottishCup pic.twitter.com/Opu2VNDoaC
Rangers go into this one knowing that they have made it to at least the Sixth Round in each of the last four seasons. They have emerged victorious in each of their last six Scottish Cup ties against Hamilton; the last time they were defeated was back in 1987, when Accies won 1-0 at Ibrox.
Saturday – 3.01pm
An all-Premiership tie sees Aberdeen take on Kilmarnock at Pittodrie. The Dons’ home is a happy hunting ground for them in the Cup; they are unbeaten in their last 15 matches there, with their last defeat coming against Raith Rovers in 2010. The Reds also go into this with the boost of knowing they have never lost to Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup, having beaten them on all eight occasions they have played them.
Freddie Woodman was the hero for @AberdeenFC the last time they faced Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup.— William Hill Scottish Cup (@ScottishCup) February 4, 2020
The Dons' 'keeper saved three penalties in the shootout to help book a place in the Semi-Final.#ScottishCuppic.twitter.com/xEPJkAUj7n
Alex Dyer’s Kimarnock side go into this one full of confidence, fresh from two SPFL victories in a row. A victory this weekend would be just their second victory over the Dons in their last 27 matches. Their last victory over the Reds was in September 2018. A victory would also mean that Killie reach the Sixth Round for the third time in eleven seasons.
Ayr United impressed in their victory over Ross County in the Fourth Round, and they take on Premiership opposition once again, this time in the form of St Johnstone. This will be the first meeting of Ayr United and St Johnstone since January 2007 – Saints won a Scottish Cup replay 2-1 at Somerset Park.
The Honest Men have lost their last four Cup ties against the St Johnstone; their only victory came back in 1925. St Johnstone are ubeaten in their last eight matches against Ayr United in all competitions – a run which stretches back to 2003. A victory for the Perth Saints would see them reach the Sixth Round for the first time since they won the competition in 2014.
Here's how the top scorer charts look ahead of the Fifth Round.— William Hill Scottish Cup (@ScottishCup) February 5, 2020
Will @Chris_Doidge add to his tally when @HibernianFC face @BSCGlasgow? @MotherwellFC's Christopher Long & @FalkirkFC's Connor Sammon are close behind on three goals each.#ScottishCup pic.twitter.com/ERiAOtdJCZ
Livingston make the trip north to face Inverness Caledonian Thistle, in what is sure to be a competitive encounter. This is the sides first meeting in the Scottish Cup since 1999, a match that Livi won 2-1.
The Caley Jags have enjoyed good fortune in the competition in recent years, having reached the Sixth Round in four of the last six seasons.
On the flip-side to this, Livingston are aiming to reach the Sixth Round for the first time since 2003-04. It will be a tough ask for them, if previous stats are anything to go by: they have not won an away Scottish Cup match against a team in the top two divisions since January 2007, when they beat Hamilton Academical 4-2.
Another all-Premiership clash sees St Mirren face Motherwell. These sides are meeting in the Scottish Cup for the first time since 2008-09, when Saints won a replay 1-0 at Fir Park following a 1-1 draw.
A win for the Paisley side would see them reach the Sixth Round for the second time in seven seasons.
Motherwell go into this one having have won on four of their last five visits to St Mirren Park, including a 3-0 victory in the Scottish Premiership last December. The Steelmen have reached the Scottish Cup Sixth Round just once in the last seven seasons – that was in 2017-18, when they went on to make the final.
Saturday – 7.21pm
Saturday evening sees Hearts make the trip to face Falkirk. These two teams have met eleven times in the Scottish Cup; intriguingly none of those ties have ever gone to a replay (Hearts have won seven, while Falkirk have won four).
Saturday evening's match sees @FalkirkFC take on Hearts.— William Hill Scottish Cup (@ScottishCup) February 5, 2020
The Bairns have won their last two Scottish Cup matches against the Jambos – including this Third Round match in 2003.
A first half Colin Samuel hat-trick & an Owen Coyle strike saw them earn a 4-0 victory.#ScottishCup pic.twitter.com/rz3vTFxMW0
It is Falkirk who have the upper-hand in terms of recent victories; the Bairns have won the last two Scottish Cup ties against the Jambos – a 4-0 victory at Brockville in 2003, and a 1-0 victory at Tynecastle in 2009. Hearts, however, will be buoyed by the fact that Falkirk haven’t beaten top-flight opposition since they were relegated in 2010.
A victory for Hearts would be their first away win in the Cup since 2012, when they defeated St Mirren 2-0 in Paisley.
Sunday – 12.01pm
What a season BSC Glasgow have had in the Scottish Cup – they now face the task of facing 2016 winners Hibernian. Should BSC prevail, they would be the first non-league side to reach the Sixth Round since Elgin City in 1967-68. To find the last time a non-league side defeated top-flight opposition in the Scottish Cup, you would need to go back to February 1967 and Elgin City’s 2-0 victory over Ayr United.
Hibernian – who play BSC Glasgow for the first time in a competitive match – have only ever been defeated by non-league opposition in he Scottish Cup once before. That was 100 years ago at the hands of Armadale in February 1920.
Sunday – 2.01pm
In a replay of 2006’s famous Scottish Cup upset, Clyde host Celtic in the last game of the weekend. The Bully Wee picked up a shock 2-1 win January 2006 – a match that was also Roy Keane’s debut for the Hoops. A win for Clyde would see them reach the Sixth Round for the first time since 2004-05.
⏪ It was one of the famous Scottish Cup upsets the last time @ClydeFC played Celtic in the competition.— William Hill Scottish Cup (@ScottishCup) February 7, 2020
Craig Bryson and Eddie Malone grabbed the goals as the Bully Wee defeated the Hoops 2-1 at Broadwood, in a match that was also Roy Keane's Celtic debut.#ScottishCup pic.twitter.com/ryu5vMceTm
Celtic have never lost a Scottish Cup tie against a team from the Third tier or below. A win on Sunday would be their 33rd consecutive victory in domestic cup competitions.
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The fixture information for this weekend's William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round has been confirmed; this includes information regarding the date, time and venue in the event of a postponement or the tie going to a replay. You can find out the fixture information here.
Sixth Round Draw
The draw for the Sixth Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup will take place live on Premier Sports following Sunday's Clyde v Celtic match.