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Ross County face rematch of Premiership play-off final against Partick Thistle in Scottish Cup fourth round


By Andrew Henderson

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Ross County will be going up against Championship opposition in the fourth round of this season's Scottish Cup.

The Staggies have been given a home draw against Partick Thistle – with the two sides having taken very different paths since both were relegated together from the Scottish Premiership in 2018.

Josh Sims scored the decisive penalty in last season's play-off final – but he will hope spot kicks aren't needed when the two sides meet again in this season's Scottish Cup. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Josh Sims scored the decisive penalty in last season's play-off final – but he will hope spot kicks aren't needed when the two sides meet again in this season's Scottish Cup. Picture: Ken Macpherson

County were able to return to the top flight at the first time of asking, while Partick struggled and dropped down another division before returning to the second tier.

They came back together in last season's Premiership play-off final though. In the first leg at Firhill, the Jags thought they had one foot in Scotland's highest division after a 2-0 win.

That optimism will only have increased when they scored again in the second leg in Dingwall to go 3-0 ahead on aggregate, only for County to stage the most unlikely of comebacks to level the scores and win the penalty shoot-out.

There will be no love lost between the sides, then, when they meet again in Dingwall on the weekend of Saturday, January 20.

Scottish Cup fourth round draw

Airdrieonians v St Johnstone

Ayr United v Kelty Hearts

Bonnyrigg Rose v Falkirk

Brora Rangers v Cove Rangers

Celtic v Buckie Thistle

Clyde v Aberdeen

Dumbarton v Rangers

Forfar Athletic v Hibernian

Greenock Morton v Montrose

Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Broomhill

Kilmarnock v Dundee

Livingston v Raith Rovers

Motherwell v Alloa Athletic

Ross County v Partick Thistle

St Mirren v Queen of the South

The Spartans v Hearts


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