Rangers hosted Dunfermline as recently as last month
RANGERS will host Ayr United or Dunfermline in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup after the fifth round was drawn this afternoon at Hampden Park.
The Light Blues progressed to that stage on Saturday when they beat Falkirk 2-0 at Westfield courtesy of late goals from Nicky Law and David Templeton.
That followed an earlier home win in round three against Airdrieonians, where Jon Daly’s double and another Templeton counter led to a 3-0 success.
Now Ally McCoist’s men will take on one of their League One rivals at Ibrox, with the tie scheduled to be played on Saturday, February 8 as things stand.
Celtic have also been drawn at home to play Aberdeen though and one of the matches will have to move to another day under police orders.
Among those conducting the draw were former Gers forward Kenny Miller – who has been doing rehabilitation work at Murray Park – and ex-club secretary Campbell Ogilvie.
Ayr and the Pars drew 1-1 in their original tie on Saturday at Somerset Park and will replay on Wednesday evening.
Rangers, of course, have already played both of their potential opponents in the league already this season as part of their current 13-match winning run in the title race.
Goals from Bilel Mohsni and Lewis Macleod secured a 2-0 success against the Honest Men in October before a 3-1 win over the Fifers in Glasgow almost four weeks ago.
Rangers are bidding to win the Scottish Cup for the first time this season since 2009, when Nacho Novo’s strike at the start of the second half gave them a 1-0 win over Falkirk.
McCoist’s men got to the fifth round last season, losing 3-0 at that stage to Dundee United at Tannadice.
They’re looking to emulate Gretna by reaching the final as a third-tier side. The former Borders outfit achieved that whilst playing in the Second Division in 2006.
Ticket prices and any amendments to the fixture date will be announced in due course via official club media channels.
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