Rangers can settle old scores

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Both Rangers and Celtic have been offered the chance to exact revenge after yesterday's draw for the third round of the CIS Insurance Scottish League Cup.

Both Rangers and Celtic have been offered the chance to exact revenge after yesterday's draw for the third round of the CIS Insurance Scottish League Cup.

The Premier League champions have been paired with Aberdeen, who denied them a possible second successive domestic treble with a surprise 1-0 win over Rangers at Pittodrie last year. Raith Rovers travel to Celtic five years after their final triumph in a penalty shoot-out over the Parkhead club.

St Johnstone are at home to Kilmarnock in one of three other all-Premier League ties, with St Mirren also playing host to Dundee. Motherwell travel to Dunfermline in the other top-flight meeting, while the Edinburgh clubs Hearts and Hibernian, both face local, yet tricky, trips to Livingston and Falkirk respectively.

Steve Archibald's Airdrie meet Dundee United at Tannadice in the other game of the round, which will take place on 5 or 6 September.

Teams were seeded for the draw on their positions in last season's league championship. However, the veteran Kilmarnock midfielder Ian Durrant had no qualms after drawing St Johnstone away as a non-seeded side.

"We were seeded last year but it is power for the cause that the seeded teams are the ones in Europe," said Durrant. "Obviously they need a longer break to get themselves fit. It is something to look forward to now. You are always going to draw a good side in this round."

Dundee's Willie Miller, Lee Maddison, Frank van Eijs, Lee Sharp and Barry Elliott - who were all handed free transfers when the new manager Ivano Bonetti took over at Dens Park in the summer - have been told that if they do not find new clubs by next week they will have to train on their own.

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