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The Scottish Cup reached Round Five this weekend, and as we approach a host of great clashes, there are a few standouts that will get the blood pumping as eight of the sixteen vying to get their hands on the silverware will fail in their challenge. As the numbers continue to dwindle in the compeition itself, William Hill's Scottish Cup Predictor game saw a great turnout last round, with 'Hampden Herewecome' taking the glory, but if you think you could match, or beat his effort this round, you can enter here to find out more information and make your selections!
Perhaps the tie of the round sees Dundee United host Rangers, which kicks-off at 12:45, live on Sky Sports. As Ally McCoist takes his team back to an SPL ground for the first time since their demotion last year, the Gers will be looking to topple United at Tannadice after the Terrors beat them 2-0 at Ibrox last season as the world began to fall down around Rangers.
The Glasgow club, who are yet to concede in this season's competition have, as expected, dominated the fourth tier of Scottish football, however their only other clash with a top flight club this campaign saw the Teddy Bears fall to a 3-0 loss to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the League Cup. Captain Lee McCulloch has led by example during Rangers' troubles, having notched 22 goals already this season from midfield, and you can expect the Scotland international to create problems for the Arabs all day long.
Dundee United come into the tie having knocked Stranraer out in the previous round, and in travelling to Ochilview to notch a 5-0 victory, the club breezed throguh. United find themselves slipping down the SPL due to inconsistent form, and after Peter Houston left teh club on Monday, they are likely to struggle to mkae the top half before the SPL split in March. The stand-out player at Tannadice this season has debatably been first time Scotland call-up and transfer target Johnny Russell. The striker could exploit any weakness the Rangers backline shows, having already netted 11 times this season.
In the first of a pair of all-SPL ties on Saturday, St Mirren, fresh from their fantastic 3-2 victory over Celtic in the League Cup semi-final, take on St Johnstone in Paisley, and Danny Lennon would love to guide the Buddies to yet another cup win, whilst the Super Js will be relieved at how easy it was to organise this tie after their game against Cowdenbeath was postponed a stunning five times before finally being played in late December.
In another all match that pits two SPL teams together, Kilmarnock, last season's League Cup winners, take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who are enjoying the best seaon in the club's history under Terry Butcher. After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, Caley Thistle's magnificent form has seen them fall to one defeat since October. Their penalty shoot-out loss to Hearts in the first League Cup semi-final last weekend will have hurt Butcher and his side, but as they travel to Rugby Park, Killie will make it hard for them. Having lost the influential figures of Gary Harkins and Liam Kelly in the January transfer window, the Ayrshire club will look to bounce back by advancing against a strong Inverness outfit.
Saturday's other ties see Dunfermline take on Hamilton in an all Division One clash. The Pars league form has been patchy and whilst they have lost in their past two outings, they will be confident of progression against the Accies, whose own league form has seen them fall towards relegation to the third tier for the first time in a decade. Elsewhere, Forfar take on Falkirk, looking to qualify for the quarter finals for the first time in 11 years.
Sunday's action kicks-off in Kircaldy as Raith Rovers take on Celtic, live on BBC Scotland from 12:45. The First Division club will be aware of the banana skins that Celtic have fallen on in the past (most recently as they lost to Clyde in 2005). The Glasgow giants will look ahead to an exciting February as they face a two-legged tie against Juventus in the Champions League round of 16, but must overcome this tricky tie before they turn their minds to the continent.
The second televised game on Sunday sees last season's beaten finalists Hibs take on Aberdeen at Easter Rod. After the Hibbees got revenge over their cross-city rivals in the last round for their 5-1 crushing in last May's showpiece at Hampden Park, their run to another final gets no less simple in this clash, and the Dons will be looking to cup for silverware, having not even made the final since the 1999/00 season.
The final tie of the round sees Division One leaders Greenock Morton travel across the country to take on Dundee, and Dens Park will need to be in good voice to inspire a win for the Dee. As they are only one place above Morton in the Scottish league ladder, it may be that this pair bypasses one another in the off-season, and Morton would love to show their intent for the rest of this season as they hunt promotion by notching this cup scalp.
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