Celtic scrapped past Dunfermline Athletic with a 2-1 win in the second round of the Scottish League Cup and now they have drawn another second division team in the quarter-finals.
The Scottish Champions had a tough time getting past second-tier, Dunfermline Athletic, as they opened their League Cup campaign after having to rely on a deflected James Forrest effort in the 114th minute to go through to the last eight. But it is not the last that Celtic have seen of lower league opposition in this season’s competition as they have drawn Patrick Thistle in the quarter-final stage.
Celtic will be hoping that the performance against Dunfermline was just an off day for the boys in hoops, as they bid to win a fourth straight Scottish League Cup title. Other Premiership clubs will be eager to end their stronghold though as Rangers, Hearts, Aberdeen, Livingston, Hibernian and Kilmarnock have all made the last eight. Patrick Thistle though will be the first thing on Neil Lennon’s agenda at the moment.
In the second round, Patrick Thistle had to rely on a 114th minute winner themselves as they won a thrilling 3-2 contest over Ross County, a side that is currently third in the Scottish Premiership. And Gary Caldwell’s men will be hoping to repeat their heroics when they travel to Celtic Park to face a team that was won three domestic trebles in a row.
In the other ties, Rangers were drawn against Livingston, who they will face away at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Hearts will host Aberdeen, who are coming off the back of their own 2-1 extra-time win over Dundee United. And Hibernian will travel to Rugby Park to face Premiership’s bottom club, Kilmarnock.
All the quarter-final ties will played between September 24th and 26th with the exact timings to be announced later.