Celtic get luck of draw after farcical Scottish Cup draw blunder
Celtic boss Ronny Deila was laughing the loudest yesterday when the Scottish Cup quarter-final draw descended into high farce.
The Hoops were set for a tricky trip to Dundee United until a malfunction with the draw forced an action replay.
One of the team balls opened unexpectedly, forcing the live draw on Sky Sports News to be restarted.
It is not the first time a cup draw has had to be amended in Scotland. In 2007, the semi-finals of the League Cup also required a re-draw after Alex Ferguson, then the Scottish Parliament presiding officer, mixed up the numbers and miscalled the ties when the four balls were drawn.
Irish League observers will also recall our famous blunder in 2011 when the draw for the sixth round of the JJB Irish Cup was thrown into confusion.
On live television, one of the numbers was called out twice as Irish FA's senior clubs chairman Robert Cupples mistakenly called out the number 10 after drawing ball six from the cup.
Ten was the number allocated to Warrenpoint or Cliftonville.
Moments later the real number 10 was drawn and supervising IFA official Andy Johnston knew a blunder had been made.
The live TV pictures made it easy to see where the error had been made and the make up of the eight ties was quickly clarified.
Celtic will now host Greenock Morton in the quarter-finals. Morton stunned Parkhead in 2013 when a penalty in extra time from Dougie Imrie knocked Celtic out of the League Cup's third-round stage. Scottish Cup's holders Inverness Caledonian Thistle were given an away tie against Hearts or Hibernian in the last eight and League Cup finalists Ross County were drawn at home to Dundee United. Rangers or Kilmarnock will play either Dundee or Dumbarton.
The quarter-final matches will take place on the weekend of March 5-6.
Leigh Griffiths insists Celtic need to be wary of lightning striking twice. The 29-goal striker said: "The last time they played us at Parkhead they beat us so we need to be wary of that.
"The players like Scott Brown, Charlie Mulgrew, James Forrest, who were involved in that squad just before I signed, will be telling everybody else that regardless of the opposition we need to take care of them professionally."
John Brown, who played for Rangers' nine-in-row side which spanned the late 1980s and 1990s, said: "I would prioritise winning the Championship. If you get a run in the cup then great.
"My last game for Rangers was the Hearts cup final 20 years ago this May and we won 5-1 and you carry those memories.
"For these Rangers players to get the opportunity to set up a home tie with a view to a semi-final, they have to take it, it doesn't come round that often."