If they ever misplace the Scottish Cup, this would do. Source.
Morton visit Livingston for a Scottish Cup Round Four encounter. This is a boring draw, since both clubs are in the Championship and see each other four times anyway. (Morton have also played Dumbarton and Queen of the South in the other cups this year.)
Morton and Livingston have met in the Scottish Cup five times before, Morton progressing four times to Livi's once. Morton's four victories came in the days when Livingston were called Meadowbank Thistle. Also, the four times they met in Round Four Morton prevailed. The one time that Livi won, in 2004-05, they were called Livingston, and it was Round Three.
So, in Morton's favour, it's Round Four; in Livi's favour, they have the lucky name Livingston. That's the kind of incisive analysis you can expect here at Plenty of Nothing.
To face a club from your own division in the Scottish Cup is no big thrill for either side's supporters, unless both clubs are near the top of the top division (see below). In Round Three Dumbarton played Alloa. Now the Sons face Queen of the South. Have Morton ever faced three opponents from their own division in the Scottish Cup? Yes. In 1988-89 they played Airdrieonians twice, then Meadowbank, then St Johnstone twice. All from Division One.
Livingston have got to the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup twice. In 2000-01 they were knocked out by Hibs; in 2003-04 by Celtic.
[Morton win 0 - 1. Goal by O'Ware.]
Some other games:
Motherwell [5 - 0] Cove Rangers. This is Cove Rangers' seventh Scottish Cup match for 2015-16. They have played Golspie Sutherland, St Cuthbert Wanderers, Banks O' Dee, Fort William, and Formartine United (twice).
East Kilbride [postponed] Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale. Thistle began the tournament in the second qualifying round, but because of a greater number of replays they have surpassed Cove Rangers in games played. This is game eight for Thistle. Their Scottish Cup opponents this year have been: Girvan (twice), Kelty Hearts, Montrose (twice), Huntly (twice). On non-Scottish-Cup weekends they play in the East of Scotland League.
Dumbarton [2 - 1] Queen of the South. In December three Championship clubs (Alloa, St MIrren, Livingston) fired their manager immediately after playing Dumbarton. And if QoS lose today?
Raith Rovers [0 - 2] Hibs. Another all-Championship match-up.
St Mirren 1 - 2 Partick. This match is notable not so much for the football as for the mixed fans stand.
Hearts [1 - 0] Aberdeen. This is the main event of Round Four. Hearts and Aberdeen are 3rd and 2nd in the Premiership.
It's the beginning of the I-League schedule in India. Indian football has developed a funny variant of the Apertura-Clausura system: there are two rival leagues: the Indian Super League plays in the autumn; the I-League plays in the spring. For sponsorship reasons the I-League is called the Hero I-League, and for once I'm happy to go along with it. I'll follow Mohun Bagan AC through this short (January to May) season to see what can be learned about Indian football, and India.
Today's match is Mohun Bagan [3 - 1] Aizawl.
Cumbernauld United [postponed] Largs Thistle.
A history of Polish footballers in Scotland.