The loss of revenue a cup run can bring will hit the club hard, both on and off the field, giving Lou Macari, the Celtic manager, a task many will see as impossible, as his side chase the championship from a distance of six points.
Violence marred the game at Clydebank, where the home side were on the verge of a famous victory over Dundee when a late equaliser for the visitors triggered a pitch invasion by their supporters. Allan Monaghan, the Clydebank goalkeeper, traded blows with fans inside his net.
Clydebank will decide today whether to press the matter further with the Scottish Football Association, who will also look into events at Partick Thistle, where players and officials of both sides were involved in ugly scenes following a red card administered to John Colquhoun, the Hearts winger.
TENNENTS SCOTTISH CUP Fourth-round draw: Clydebank or Dundee v St Mirren; Airdrie or Dunfermline v Stranraer; Rangers v Alloa or Ross County; Morton or Cowdenbeath v Kilmarnock; Hibernian v Hearts; St Johnstone v Stirling; Dundee United v Motherwell; East Stirling or Aberdeen v Raith (Ties to be played 19 February).Reuse content