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Rodgers happy for Hoops to host Inverness in fifth round

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By Ronnie Esplin

Brendan Rodgers welcomed a home tie after Celtic were paired with Inverness in the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

Hoops fan Sir Rod Stewart helped make the draw at Airdrieonians' Excelsior Stadium after the Ladbrokes Premiership side cruised to a 3-0 win over League One part-timers Albion Rovers.

Inverness are the only team to have taken points off the champions this season but the Parkhead boss is happy to welcome the Highlanders to Celtic Park.

Rodgers said: "It is a home draw. It doesn't matter who you play, you always want a home draw and when that comes we know it will be a tough game.

"But it is a competition that we want to win and if we want to win it we have to go through each game and I am sure Inverness will be a tough game for us."

Cup holders Hibernian could face an Edinburgh derby against Hearts.

Ian Cathro's side face a replay against Raith Rovers after their 1-1 draw and should they get past the Kirkcaldy men they will host their neighbours at Tynecastle.

Rangers will face Championship side Morton at Ibrox.

The winner of the replay between League One outfit Queen's Park and Championship side Ayr will host a team from League Two, with Clyde battling again with Stirling Albion for a place in the next round after a 2-2 draw.

Fifth round draw: Ayr Utd/ Queen's Park v Stirling Albion/ Clyde, Celtic v Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Dunfermline v Hamilton, East Fife v St Mirren, Raith Rovers/ Hearts v Hibernian, Rangers v Greenock Morton, Ross County v Aberdeen, St Johnstone v Partick Thistle

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