This weekend sees the Premiership big boys enter the Scottish Cup at the last-32 stage and, as with the FA Cup down south, there will be the potential for some giant-killing acts as the surviving non-league clubs go in search of some fairy-tale results.
Junior side Bonnyrigg Rose undoubtedly have the potential to cause a shock of epic proportions when they face Championship-leading Hibernian.
Bonnyrigg are 16/1 to win on Saturday but surely their decision to seek a financial payout by moving the game to Tynecastle will surely allow Hibs to coast into the last-16?
Highland League outfit Formartine United will also have their minds firmly fixed on causing a stir when they head to Firhill to face Premiership club Partick Thistle.
The Jags were in fine form before the winter break, climbing all the way from bottom just before Christmas to sit seventh now. Thistle will not underestimate their visitors, with Formartine 10/1 to stage a giant-killing act.
The first tie of the weekend comes up at Ibrox when Rangers welcome fellow Premiership side Motherwell. The Light Blues felt they had the cup in their sights last season having ousted Celtic in the semi-final only to be stunned by Hibs in a Hampden Park thriller back in May.
Mark Warburton will be desperate for a cup run now with this competition seemingly Rangers’ last shot at domestic glory this term.
On the back of a home loss to Celtic on New Year’s Eve in the league, Rangers must be wary of a Motherwell side that can lift themselves on occasion. Mark McGhee’s team are 27/4 to halt their Ibrox hosts.
Ross County are a top-flight side that will feel they could have fared much better in the draw for this stage of the competition as they welcome Dundee United to Dingwall on Saturday.
The Tangerines are unaccustomed to being outside of Scotland’s top division and, while Hibs appear to have their measure in the title race, they have the ability to pose a real threat against a County side that has scored just 23 times in 21 Premiership games.
Celtic have not been averse to an odd cup upset in recent times, with wins for Greenock Morton and Clyde still fresh in the minds of Hoops fans.
Still, Brendan Rodgers’ team have been faultless domestically up until this point and it would come as a monumental surprise should Albion Rovers, at 17/1, inflict a maiden defeat on the Celtic boss in Scottish football.
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