Scottish Cup Preview - Fourth Round

North of the border, attention turns to the 4th round of the Scottish Cup this weekend with the Premiership big guns all in action.

Friday night sees Rangers take on Stirling Albion at Ibrox, and this should be a straightforward victory for the Glasgow side against a Stirling side that have won just two of their last 12.

Rangers are an unbackable 1/28 with bet365 but backing them on the handicap giving up a 3-goal start could be profitable and is 6/5 at Betway.

Saturday sees 14 ties, kicking off with Hearts heading to junior side Auchinleck Talbot at 12.30pm.

Hearts are flying high in the Premiership, but Talbot did knock out Championship side Hamilton in the previous round and last season saw the Jambos crash out of the Scottish Cup to Highland League champions Brora Rangers.

Auchinleck were 14/1 to defeat Hamilton and anyone fancying another shock on Saturday can back them again at 14/1 with William Hill.

A shock could well be on the cards at New Central Park, where League Two leaders Kelty Hearts face St Johnstone.

St Johnstone are the current cup holders but have struggled badly this season and go into this tie, having lost nine games in a row.

Kelty hold a seven-point lead at the top of League Two with two games in hand and have been scoring for fun this season – they’re bound to attract plenty of support at 9/2 with Betfair.

There’s an all-Premiership tie at the Tony Macaroni Arena as Livingston take on Ross County and the Staggies make the journey south on the back of a decent run of form that’s seen them lose just three of their last 11 matches.

The visitors are a tempting 23/10 with William Hill to do the business over a Livingston side struggling for consistency this season.

One side that has been consistent in recent weeks is Celtic, and they take on Alloa in the last of Saturday’s ties.

Alloa are currently 8th in League One and haven’t registered a win since booking their spot in the 4th round at the end of November.

Celtic are 1/12 with Coral to see off Alloa, and having scored on his debut against Hibs on Monday evening, Japanese striker Daizen Maeda could be value to nab the first goal – he’s 13/5 at Paddy Power.