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Scottish Cup as it happened

Live Scottish Cup - Aberdeen v Dunfermline

Live video Scottish Cup - Aberdeen v Dunfermline

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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By David McDaid

1700: Can't help but feel sorry for those Pars fans on their way home from Pittodrie. All in all it's been a pretty exciting day of Scottish Cup football. First, Rangers and Celtic serve up a cracker at Ibrox (highlights on the BBC Sport Scotland website right NOW!), and then late, late drama at Pittodrie as an under-par Dons beat the... errr... Pars. See you later!

1654: Aberdeen's reward is an away quarter-final tie against St Mirren.

1653: Poor Neil McGregor. As Rob MacLean points out on BBC One Scotland, the defender saved the Pars' skins with a great block and then he was helpless as the ball ricocheted off him to send his side tumbling out of the cup.

1650: So tough to take for Dunfermline! It was Chris Maguire who raced down the Aberdeen right, thumped the ball into the six-yard box - which Allison parried onto his own defender and the luckless Neil McGregor and into the net just seconds away from securing a replay at East End Park.

Full time
FULL-TIME: Aberdeen 1-0 Dunfermline

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
CORRECTION:OWN-GOAL by Neil McGregor

GOAL: Aberdeen 1-0 Dunfermline (Chris Maguire)


1645: Into added time and Vernon puts the ball past the post from close range. It came a bit quick to him and he struggled to adjust his footing. At the other end, the Pars break and Phinn shoots wide from 20 yards.

1644: The Pars are going to make their final substitution. Joe Cardle off, Ryan Thomson on. I suspect a little bit of time-wasting from Mr McIntyre there... just a minute to go.

1641: Aberdeen are having more and more of the ball. Can they rustle up a goal with under four minutes to go?

1638 Vital block from McGregor for Dunfermline! Magennis cuts the ball across the penalty area and Pawlett's shot from about eight yards would have been netbound if not fro the sliding block by the Pars defender.

1637: According to BBC One Scotland commentator Liam McLeod a) Dons forward Magennis was a goalkeeper until a couple of years ago, and b) "This one has 0-0 written all over it."

1635: Another change each. Pars swap defender Kevin Rutkiewicz for Neil McGregor. Aberdeen are taking off Ryan Jack for Josh Magennis.

"That change tells me Dunfermline are trying to win this tie right here, right now." BBC One Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1630: Dunfermline are going to make a positive change, putting on the more attacking Nick Phinn for Alex Burke.

"I just think Aberdeen are suffering for the lack of a wide player like Sone Aluko." BBC One Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1625: Pars defender Alex Keddie and Chris Maguire end up writhing on the ground after the big defender makes a crucial tackle to deny the Reds forward a shot at goal.

1623: Good save Jamie Langfield! Andy Kirk cracks a shot from the angle of the six-yard box. Langfield palms over. Nearly...

"Aberdeen beginning to grab the game by the scruff of the neck." BBC One commentator Liam McLeod

1620: That's a bit better from Chris Maguire. The Dons forward takes a couple of touches across the 18-yard box and lets loose a shot from the edge of the D. It goes over but not too far away. We may yet get our deluge of goals... 25 minutes to play.

"Every second pass is 30 or 40 yards or a ball down the line." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson bemoans the lack of quality football on offer at Pittodrie.

"Aberdeen are trying to play a bit quicker now. That's how they have to play if they're going to hurt Dunfermline." BBC One Scotland pundit Billy Dodds

1608: To a man and woman, everyone here lets out a groan as Calum Woods whacks Blackman on the shins. Looks like Blackman's afternoon is over. Peter Pawlett is coming on instead. More bad luck for Aberdeen.

1606: Aberdeen's Nick Blackman drags a shot wide of the post. BBC One computer says: Shots on goal: Aberdeen 5, Dunfermline 3.

1604: The Pars are getting enough players back to snuff out Aberdeen when they go forward.

1600: Game's back under way. Come on you Reds and Black-and-Whites!

1553: Let's hope for a better second half...

1551: I think he is being entirely fair. But, let's be positive... We might get goals-a-plenty in the second period.

1548: "I think it's fair to say it hasn't lived up to what we brought you earlier." Brutal honesty from Sportsound presenter Richard Gordon

Half time
HALF-TIME: Aberdeen 0-0 Dunfermline

1544: The Pars' David Graham is on the touchline having his nose nursed after being caught by an elbow.

1542: According to the statistical analyst (computer) on BBC One Scotland's live coverage Aberdeen are shading possession 53% to 47%. Just double-checking that adds up to 100%.... Yep - safe....

"Aberdeen started the brighter but the Dunfermline players, especially some of the guys who are not natural midfield players, are making it a lot more difficult now for them." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

1538: The Pars boss Jim McIntyre is doing a good job at Dunfermline too. One to watch I reckon. He told me a few weeks ago that the first house he bought was round the corner from my parents in Dumbarton. Just FYI 'n' all that...

1535: Craig Brown's really steadied the ship at Aberdeen, hasn't he? Given cup results of recent seasons Dons fans might have been nervous going into this one. I have a feeling there's a bit more confidence in the air in the north-east under Brown, though.

1532: Ryan Jack has a dig from 20 yards. The young Aberdeen midfielder stings Allison's palms, but it was too near the keeper.

1527:
Handbags
And Kirk sticks the nut in Nicola Vujadinovic's chest at the touchline. The on-loan Udinese man doesn't take a tumble, instead laughing in Kirk's face. But the Northern Irishman was lucky the ref didn't make more of that.

1525: Aberdeen's Vernon has a header on target, but there's not enough power or direction on it and Pars stand-in goalkeeper Kyle Allison holds easily. All the same, Vernon is getting into some good positions.

"A feature of the game so far is that when Aberdeen get the ball, they absolutely fly forward." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

1522: Dunfermline are enjoying some good spells of possession. They're second in the First Division, and so far they're showing there's not too much separating the top clubs in that league and the SPL.

"Dunfermline have started this game very well." BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod

1517: Excuse this petite digression from the Dons v Pars game, but Ollie by text on 80295 thinks the last time four Scots scored in an Old Firm game was in 1987 at Ibrox, when Gough and McCoist got the goals for Rangers in reply to Walker and Grant strikes for Celtic. Is he right?

1511: Great spot by Paul Hartley to play a ball over the top for Scott Vernon. The Dons striker pulls it down expertly with the left, but his right-footed shot goes over the bar from close range. Good effort, though.

1509: The last time Dunfermline were at Pittodrie in 2009 they beat the Dons on penalties to progress on penalties.

1508: Derek Young is the man who makes an early entrance into the Reds' midfield following Milsom's exit.

1505: Not the best start for the Dons... Rob Milsom, their January signing from Fulham has limped off with what looks like a calf injury.


1504: What a chance for Dunfermline already! Andy Kirk with a chance on the angle from six yards and he blasts it across goal and by the Aberdeen post.

1503: Keir's away rocking in the corner with smoke billowing from his fingertips. What a game that was. Here's hoping this one at Pittodrie will be similar.

1500: Hello, all. We're under way at Pittodrie.


By Keir Murray


1458: Ladies and gents, I'm about to hand you over to my colleague David McDaid, a fine full-back in his day, who will take you through the Dons-Pars match with humour and insight. All the best.

1456: We're almost at kick-off time at Pittodrie.

1453: "Aberdeen can't just go out there and expect to win. They will have to scrap today." BBC Radio Scotland's Murdo MacLeod.

1449: DUNFERMLINE TEAM NEWS:
Allison, Woods, Rutkiewicz, Keddie, McCann, David Graham, Mason, Burke, Cardle, Clarke, Kirk. Subs: Paterson, Thomson, McGregor, Phinn, Willis.

1448: ABERDEEN TEAM TO PLAY DUNFERMLINE:
Langfield, McArdle, Vujadinovic, Diamond, Smith, Maguire, Hartley, Jack, Milsom, Vernon, Blackman. Subs: Howard, Young, Pawlett, Paton, Magennis.

1446: I've just added to the top of this page the embedded video of the Sportscene programme covering Aberdeen v Dunfermline. And the teams have been announced...

1445: Celtic striker Chris Sutton tells BBC Radio Scotland that the Old Firm game was as good as he has seen all season.

1442: To the draw - what a prospect for St Johnstone or Partick Thistle: the winners of that match will play Brechin away for a semi-final place at Hampden.

1439: Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist admits Celtic did not deserve anything less than a draw in today's game.

SCOTTISH CUP QUARTER-FINAL DRAW:
Dundee United v Motherwell
St Mirren v Aberdeen or Dunfermline
Inverness v Rangers or Celtic
Brechin v St Johnstone or Partick Thistle

1431: I'll bring you the team news from Pittodrie as soon as I can. The BBC One Sportscene coverage begins in 15 minutes.

My Sport
srnaslovechild on My Sport: "Walter Smith has got to take the blame for Rangers not winning. His unwillingness to make the necessary substitutes and to take the game to the ten men Celtic team resulted in a lost goal and losing a player. Naismith was always liable to be sent off and should have been substituted at half time. Really not been impressed by Smith in the last few games."

1427: "On the balance of chances, a draw was probably the right result" says Neil Lennon, but he reckons Celtic played the better football. I think he's right - Rangers will need to improve if they are to progress to the last eight in the replay.

1425: Celtic manager Neil Lennon says Calum Murray's decision to send off Fraser Forster was correct and the result of slackness by his players.

1420: As the fans stream away from the ground, Celtic's will be the happier lot. Rangers must be regretting their failure to capitalise on Celtic going down to 10 men. It will be interesting to hear what Steven Naismith says about his sending off.

1417: The draw is coming up for the quarter-finals before Aberdeen-Dunfermline kicks off.

1415: My TV colleagues are battering away at their video editing bits of kit to bring highlights of this match to viewers of Sportscene this afternoon who tune in at 1445 GMT for the Aberdeen-Dunfermline game. The Old Firm highlights will be shown at half-time. That programme will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website, to UK users, so hang about, why don't you, to catch that.

1414: "There was a lack of belief, a lack of desire in Rangers. I just felt they handed the initiative to Celtic. I felt Rangers were so utterly disappointing and Celtic should have won the match." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Jim Traynor

1412: So there will indeed by seven Old Firm matches this season. A Scottish Cup fifth-round replay at Celtic Park looms.

1411: That was a terrific match. As always in Old Firm matches, there were lamentable moments, pockmarked by poor first touches and rotten passes, but in terms of great goals and excitement it was hard to beat.

Full time
FULL-TIME: Rangers 2-2 Celtic

1409: Neither side can get a shot at goal in the final moments.

1408: BBC Scotland's Alastair Lamont in Ibrox by text on 80295: "Celtic have shown greater appetite to win this game throughout."

1407: We have two minutes of injury time to play!

1406: Northern Ireland team-mates Steven Davis and Kyle Lafferty combine - the latter whacks a left-foot shot two yards wide.

1406: Text from Jim on a train from Birmingham to Edinburgh: "The better team always wins... 3-2 Celtic."

1405: Charlie Mulgrew rifles a free-kick that Allan McGregor grasps; he launches a swift attack.

Handbags
1402: Vladimir Weiss and Mark Wilson tussle for the ball and are soon "handered" by a posse of team-mates. Calum Murray books David Weir and Joe Ledley.

1402: Emilio Izaguirre twists and turns on the left wing and gets a decent cross into the Rangers box.

1401: From Graham in Horwich: "That lot down to 10 men for ages...we should be hammering them. Mind you I remember the Graham Roberts nine-man game. Come oan, the Gers! (exiled and now a Bolton Wanderers season ticket holder)."

1400: Rangers are hanging back, inviting Celtic on to them. That has to be a risky strategy so late in the game.

1359: Well, if this does go to a replay, the Old Firm will meet seven times this season - four SPL games, two in the Scottish Cup and the Co-operative Insurance Cup final. Anyone bored?

1358: Thanks to all of you who have texted in from around the world saying you're enjoying the text commentary - Bobby from Sanderson, Texas; Paul in Mauritius; and Pete in Pompey.

1357: Walter Smith will be raging at Steven Naismith, you imagine. His team have lost their advantage. Remember, this goes to a replay, not extra-time and penalties.

1356: Just over 10 minutes remaining. It's anyone's game! The draw for the last eight of the Scottish Cup takes place after this match.

1355: Vladimir Weiss and Kyle Lafferty are on for the home side, with Nikica Jelavic and El Hadji Diouf making way.

1355: An anonymous text to 80295: "When was the last time four Scotsmen scored in an Old Firm game?" Kris Commons does play for Scotland, so I'll give you that stat. But I don't know the answer off the top of my head. Anyone help out there?

Red card
Steven Naismith is shown a second yellow card by Calum Murray and is sent off for diving in the box. Daniel Majstorovic moved in to challenge Naismith but I reckon he'll cringe at that one, the Rangers attacker. It's now 10-a-side.

1351: What a save by Rangers' Allan McGregor! From the free-kick, Georgios Samaras heads at goal from three yards out and the Scotland goalie somehow, incredibly, parries the ball over the bar.

1350: Ki Sung Yueng prepares to take a free-kick wide on the left.

1348: Gary Hooper makes an intelligent step over the ball, allowing it to run to Georgios Samaras, who plays a one-two with the Englishman and almost connects to put Celtic ahead.

1347: From Drew in Holyhead ferry terminal by text on 80295: "Waiting in departure lounge for a delayed ferry. No radio or tv, just the joys of a BlackBerry to watch the updates. Beats watching an entire game on Teletext, though, in the old days. Come on Celtic."
Thanks for getting in touch, Drew.

1346: BBC Scotland's Alastair Lamont in Ibrox by text on 80295: "I've enjoyed watching the midfield trio of Ness, Kayal and Ki today. They all have a real elegance and poise about them. Who says the Scottish game lacks class?"

1344: Rangers are inches away from regaining the lead as Nikica Jelavic slides in to meet Steven Davis's shot-cum-cross but just fails to connect.

Yellow card
Calum Murray frowns upon Scott Brown's goal celebration, which involved a "how do you like that finish?" tete-a-tete with El Hadji Diouf.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Ten-man Celtic draw level thanks to a wonderful curling finish from the edge of the box by skipper Scott Brown.

GOAL! Rangers 2-2 Celtic (Brown)

1340: BBC Scotland's Alastair Lamont in Ibrox by text on 80295: "Without wishing to put some type of curse on him, I reckon Calum Murray has handled this match well so far."

1339: Celtic make a substitution. Midfielder Beram Kayal is replaced by striker Georgios Samaras.

1338: Neither side can retain possession. For every good touch there's a poor pass.

1336: Rangers win a corner and look a far better side when they go on the attack.

1335: A fabulous ball by El Hadji Diouf lands at the outstretched foot of Nikica Jelavic, but the Rangers striker cannot direct the ball into the net. Terrific break by the home side.

1332: Beram Kayal wastes possession for Celtic, pinging a ball out the park when a more deft pass for the overlapping Mark Wilson would have presented danger.

1331: Quite a contrast from the first half - there is not much happening in these last few minutes.

1330: "Silly again from Jelavic." BBC Radio Scotland's Murdo MacLeod.

Yellow card
Nikica Jelavic is booked for a needless late challenge on Charlie Mulgrew.

1329: "Celtic with 10 men are dominating Rangers with 11. Keeping possession is something which Rangers have not managed to do yet in this match." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Gordon Smith.

1327: Nikica Jelavic shows an impressive burst of pace to get by Charlie Mulgrew but the Croat's cross to the back post meets no-one.

1326: Rangers coach Ian Durrant has a chat with Sir Alex Ferguson in the Ibrox directors' box. What could Durrant be saying? Any spare superstars?

1325: Alan in Eyemouth by text on 80295: "A view from a Falkirk fan... Great game for once, some really good football played, ref is having a good game, definite penalty but not a red card, you don't get sent off for being 'last man' but you get sent off for stopping a goal scoring opportunity and Naismith had clearly hit ball far too far ahead to be able to control ball and score."

1324: El Hadji Diouf works his way down the left but fails to win a corner - Lukasz Zaluska takes the goal-kick as the fans get back to their seats.

1322: Rangers kick off the second half. Enjoy!

1319: On Radio Scotland, Chick Young, Gordon Smith and Richard Gordon think Rangers will go through, while Jim Traynor and Murdo MacLeod reckon it will be a draw. What do you think? Send us a text on 80295.

My Sport
bringthemonjon on My Sport: "Forster is a good keeper, and a fair player. Sorry to see him go off, for what was never a bad foul. 50.50. Keeper would have been wrong not to go for it."

1317: "If Steven Naismith puts a foot wrong he will be off the park." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Jim Traynor.

1315: From Stephen in Troon by text on 80295: "Surely a harsh decision for the penalty and sending off... Naismith was on his way down, there was barely any contact at all. Wrong decision."

1313: I had mentioned some of the nationalities represented on the Ibrox pitch. There's also Emilio Izaguirre, the Honduran, El Hadji Diouf Diouf of Senegal, and now Lukasz Zaluska of Poland.

1311: From Neil in London by text on 80295: "Did Forster think that if he avoided looking at the red card long enough, it'd go away? I've tried that with bills. Didn't work for me either. A blue treble is on."

1308: You'll be able to judge for yourself when the highlights are posted on this site later today, but there is an argument that Fraser Forster should not have been sent off as Steven Naismith had taken a heavy touch to put the ball beyond the Celtic goalie and would not necessarily have reached it to stick it into the net.

1307: Contrasting views from BBC Radio Scotland pundits Murdo MacLeod and Gordon Smith. Former Celt MacLeod reckons the ref "had no other option" but to send off Fraser Forster, while former Gers striker Smith believes a yellow card would have been the right decision, as "other players were back there" to help their keeper.

1305: BBC Scotland's Alastair Lamont in Ibrox by text on 80295: "The home fans are much happier now. They'd been growing increasingly frustrated as Celtic had begun to dominate."

Half time
HALF-TIME: Rangers 2-1 Celtic

1303: Celtic respond strongly and work Rangers goalie Allan McGregor on the stroke of half-time.

Yellow card
1301: Beram Kayal is booked for a foul on El Hadji Diouf and Rangers' Algerian defender Madjid Bougherra follows him into Calum Murray's wee book for a foul on Kayal.

1300: Can 10-man Celtic get to half-time to regroup?

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
With 7,000 Celtic fans howling at Steven Whittaker, the defender keeps his composure to slam a low penalty past Zaluska, who dived the wrong way.

GOAL! Rangers 2-1 Celtic (Whittaker)

1255: Lukasz Zaluska is the substitute goalie. Kris Commons is the man to make way for Celtic.

Red card
1254: Nikica Jelavic plays the ball through to Steven Naismith who races towards goal and is sent flying by Fraser Forster. Calum Murray sends off the Celtic goalie and awards Rangers a penalty.

1253: Nurse...again! Davie Weir smacks Gary Hooper on the nose with a high boot.

1251: Nurse! Spare shorts for the Celtic goalie! Daniel Majstorovic passes the ball back to Fraser Forster, who is closed down by Nikica Jelavic. The ball squirms between the two and heads towards goal but the big English goalie plucks it a few inches off the goal-line.

1249: Nikica Jelavic does his best work of the game but is closely matched by Charlie Mulgrew. Steven Davis picks up the cutback but his shot from 18 yards is saved by Fraser Forster.

1249: Then there's a Welshman - Joe Ledley...

1248: "It's just not happening for Rangers at all right now." BBC Scotland pundit Gordon Smith.

1246: Scots, an American, a Swede, a Bosnian, an Israeli, English, Irish north and south, a South Korean, a Croat... what a lot of nationalities on show.

1244: But the Senegalese striker races forward and wins a free-kick in the Celtic half. Scott Brown takes the opportunity to engage in some wind-up antics with his opponent, and has a few words with him.

1243: Rangers are stuck in their own half at the moment. El Hadji Diouf is playing close to Davie Weir at the back!

1241: Beram Kayal shows the kind of "bite" in midfield that has been seen only fleetingly since the days of Roy Aitken. He battled through four challenges, allowing his team to launch a ball up to Gary Hooper, who flashes a shot wide of Allan McGregor's right-hand post.

1239: "Charlie Mulgrew territory" has become a cliche in Scottish football. It should be binned. The big Celtic defender smacks the free-kick into the Rangers wall.

1239: Maurice Edu is penalised for a high challenge on Scott Brown. Free-kick to Celtic 25 yards out.

1237: What always amazes me with these Old Firm matches is how the foreign players get so caught up in the action. Let's hope they keep the head today and we finish with 22 players on the pitch.

1236: It's the Celtic fans who are rejoicing now. "Can you hear the Rangers sing?" (I won't finish the lyrics...) is being belted out by those in the Broomloan Road stand.

1235: "Celtic dominating the play just now." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Celtic hit back in style and the scorer is a player who turned down Rangers to sign for Neil Lennon's side! Kris Commons makes a well-timed run into the box to side-foot home Joe Ledley's cutback from the left.

GOAL! Rangers 1-1 Celtic (Commons)

1232: BBC Scotland's Alastair Lamont in Ibrox by text on 80295: "Lennon and Naismith were having a real go at each other after the Rangers player's challenge on Wilson."

1232: El Hadji Diouf shows lovely skill on the left flank, spinning his marker and crossing into the box. Charlie Mulgrew heads clear.

1231: From Gregor in Helensburgh by text on 80295 asks of Jamie Ness: "Have Rangers found their new Jorg 'the hammer' Albertz?"

1230: "That was a daft challenge to make by Naismith. He was always going to be second to that ball. He's got a yellow and he has to be careful now." BBC Scotland pundit Gordon Smith.

Yellow card
1228: And Naismith follows that up with a crude, late challenge on Wilson. The former Killie striker needs to cool his jets. He will miss the next Cup match.

1226: Mark Wilson, who scored his first goal in five years in midweek, heads the corner a foot or so over the bar, then Rangers break to the other end and Steven Naismith goes down rather pathetically in the box - referee Calum Murray does not award a penalty.

1225: Celtic are enjoying a bit of possession now as the home support roars. Emilio Izaguirre wins a corner for the visitors.

1224: Beram Kayal has Celtic's first chance, blasting a shot from the edge of the box straight at Allan McGregor, who clutches the ball confidently.

1223: "Absolutely no chance for the goalkeeper. What a fantastic strike by Jamie Ness." BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod at Ibrox.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1221: With Celtic trying to get a grip on the game, Rangers almost go two up. Steven Davis cracks a shot off the crossbar from 12 yards!

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
What a start to this match. Rangers' corner was headed clear and picked up by young Jamie Ness, who controlled the ball and hammered an unstoppable shot into the top corner for the opener.

GOAL! Rangers 1-0 Celtic (Ness)

1219: El Hadji Diouf wins a corner for Rangers out on the right.

1218: Thanks for joining us here at BBC Scotland. I hope you enjoy our coverage online and on Radio Scotland. We'll have highlights of this match online later today.

1217: And the game kicks off amid an utter din.

My Sport
ahcannymind on My Sport: "I've been up for a while. Still dark outside. Done my jumping jacks, stretches, and lunges. All warmed up for today."

1213: Ibrox is packed and rocking, Sir Alex Ferguson is in the stand beside Scottish Football Association president George Peat - why, we're all set. Here come the teams...

1212: Old Firm games are always highly charged affairs; the big issue today is that El Hadji Diouf is playing - he was fined for spitting on a Celtic fan when he was playing for Liverpool at Celtic Park in the Uefa Cap 2003.


1211: BBC Radio Scotland pundit Jim Traynor warns that the atmosphere could be "dripping in venom" by the end of the 90 minutes.

1210: Celtic's set-up today is 4-4-1-1, says manager Neil Lennon, who described his formation as "flexible".

1208: From Davie in Inverurie by text on 80295: "I think Celtic are stronger than the last time we played Rangers and Celtic should go on and win the game."

1206: As the teams are read out by the stadium announcer, the name of El Hadji Diouf is cheered to the rafters by the home fans.

1203: Celtic's fearsome stopper Daniel Majstorovic returns from injury, while Ki Sung Yueng is back in the team following his return from the Asian Cup. Georgios Samaras - who netted a double in the last Old Firm game - has to settle for a place on the bench as Gary Hooper begins on his own up front.

1200: So, looking at those team line-ups, Walter Smith has gone for a 4-4-1-1 formation for his Rangers side. El-Hadji Diouf makes his first start, playing just behind Nikica Jelavic, who is back from injury. Lee McCulloch misses out with a knee problem, while Kyle Lafferty, as Ally McCoist reveals on Sportsound, has a mild bout of tonsillitis and starts on the bench.

1157: Rangers assistant boss Ally McCoist has sympathy for Vladimir Weiss, who drops to the bench as Steven Naismith, El Hadji Diouf and Nikica Jelavic provide the striking options.

1155: Celtic manager Neil Lennon says he has been forced to leave a lot of good players out of his team today.

1152: CELTIC TEAM NEWS:
Forster, Wilson, Majstorovic, Mulgrew, Izaguirre, Brown, Ki, Kayal, Ledley, Commons, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Samaras, Stokes, Loovens, Carey.

1149: RANGERS TEAM TO FACE CELTIC:
McGregor, Whittaker, Bougherra, Weir, Papac, Diouf, Davis, Edu, Ness, Naismith, Jelavic. Subs: Alexander, Lafferty, Healy, Weiss, Bartley.

1145: Welcome to the live text commentary on today's two Scottish Cup fifth-round ties.



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