The undoubted loyalty of the Celtic support will be fully tested in the months to come. For some within the boardroom, Saturday's defeat might yet prove a final straw in their relations with Liam Brady.
Falkirk will not be perturbed by the fate of the vanquished and can look forward to a trip to Tynecastle to play Hearts, who beat Dundee 2-0 with goals from Ian Ferguson and John Robertson.
The holders, Rangers, had an uneasy passage against Ayr. Ally McCoist scored his 39th and easiest goal of the season, a two-yard tap-in after Cammy Duncan, the Ayr goalkeeper, had spilled the ball. Dale Gordon, with the second goal, secured a trip to Arbroath or East Fife.
Their goalless draw at Gayfield Park was one of three. Another involved Hibernian, who are fortunate to feature in the quarter-final draw. Against Cowdenbeath - the team with the worst record in Britain - Hibs could find no way past an inspired defence, and when Willie Herd, the Cowdenbeath substitute, was clearly fouled in the penalty area with three minutes remaining, the referee, Joe Timmons, waved aside all appeals.
TENNENTS SCOTTISH CUP Quarter-final draw: Heart of Midlothian v Falkirk; Cowdenbeath or Hibernian v Kilmarnock or St Johnstone; Aberdeen v Clydebank; Arbroath or East Fife v Rangers. (Ties to be played 6 / 7 March).Reuse content