The William Hill Scottish Cup swings back into action this weekend, with a medley of mouth-watering ties for fans to savour.
All eyes were on Rugby Park back in November as Kilmarnock’s cup winning hero of 1997, Gary Holt, drew the teams for the Fourth Round.
Traditionally a round where giant killings take place and the nation is gripped as their teams do battle to win the oldest trophy in association football, 16 ties will take place around Scotland this weekend.
Throughout this season the Scottish FA have highlighted a game of the round, with Stirling Albion’s battle against Clyde the featured match this weekend.
The William Hill Scottish Cup will be in attendance at Forthbank, giving fans the chance to have their photo taken with it. There will also be giveaways around the ground.
Two former cup-winning captains will do battle on the touchline in that tie, with Barry Ferguson and Dave Mackay up against each other for the second time in three weeks. The last time the two met, Stirling ran out 3-0 winners.
Former footballer Andrew Barrowman will be attending Partick Thistle’s tie against Formartine United to provide his thoughts on the day in our ‘Road to Hampden’ blog.
Formartine have been in a rich vein of scoring form in this season’s competition, notching 13 goals in just three games.
The first match of the weekend will kick-off at 12.30pm, when Motherwell travel to Ibrox looking to oust last season’s finalists Rangers.
The Well have been eliminated at this stage in three of the last five seasons. Meanwhile Rangers have reached the final of the Scottish Cup in the last four seasons they have played Motherwell in the competition, winning it on three of those occasions.
Stranraer will have to travel the furthest this weekend, as they take on Aberdeen. The tie marks the second time these two teams have faced each other in the cup.
Sean Connery’s former team Bonnyrigg Rose had the nation talking in the last round when they defeated Dumbarton, the first time they had ever advanced beyond the Third Round. They now play host to current holders Hibernian at Tynecastle.
On Sunday Raith Rovers take on Hearts live on BBC Scotland, where Gary Locke will face off against his former side. In the Rovers’ ranks are former Tynecastle heroes Rudi Skacel and Ryan Stevenson.
The last match to take place will be at the Excelsior Stadium, where Albion Rovers face Premiership leaders Celtic.
Managed by Darren Young, Rovers defeated Queen of the South in the last round and were runners up in the competition in 1920.
The last time the two sides met was the in the League Cup in 1986, with Celtic running out 5-0 winners.
Fourth Round Draw (all kick-off times are 3pm unless stated otherwise):
Saturday 21 January 2017
Aberdeen vs. Stranraer
Alloa Athletic vs. Dunfermline
Ayr United vs. Queen’s Park
Bonnyrigg Rose vs. Hibernian
Dundee vs. St. Mirren
Elgin City vs. Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Greenock Morton vs. Falkirk
Kilmarnock vs. Hamilton
Livingston vs. East Fife
Partick Thistle vs. Formartine United
Rangers vs. Motherwell (kick-off 12.30, live on Sky Sports)
Ross County vs. Dundee United
St.Johnstone vs. Stenhousemuir
Stirling Albion vs. Clyde
Sunday 22 January 2017
Raith Rovers vs. Heart of Midlothian (kick-off 1.05pm, live on Sky Sports)
Albion Rovers vs. Celtic (kick-off 3pm, live on Sky Sports)