Celtic begin Premier Sports Cup defence with trip to Ross County

The full draw for the second round has taken place.

Premier Sports Cup second round draw pits holders Celtic against Ross County SNS Group

Holders Celtic face a tough trip to Dingwall in the second round of the Premier Sports Cup.

Ross County were hoping to finish as one of the three best group winners to enter the seeded section of the draw but Aberdeen’s 3-0 win over Raith ended their hopes and Malky Mackay’s team will now host the champions.

The Dons’ win ended Raith’s qualification hopes and ensured Queen of the South were the final team to make the last 16 and Wullie Gibson’s men were handed a trip to Ibrox to face Rangers as a reward.

Aberdeen joined Arbroath and Dundee among the seeds and were handed a long trip south to face Annan, who were the first team to qualify from the groups.

There are three all-cinch Premiership ties in the second round with Hearts hosting Kilmarnock and Dundee United travelling to Livingston.

Motherwell will host Inverness while Partick Thistle stage an all-Championship tie against Arbroath.

Dundee will take on Falkirk at Dens Park with the games due to be played on August 30-31.

The draw took place at Pittodrie after Aberdeen rounded off a perfect Group A campaign which yielded four wins, four clean sheets and 12 goals.

The Dons had already sealed progress but a two-goal victory from the visitors would have seen Raith win the group, while Rovers would have qualified with a draw and a shoot-out success.

An early Bojan Miovski penalty, a long-range strike from Ross McCrorie and a Jonny Hayes goal had the Dons three ahead inside the first minute of the second half.

Second Round Draw

Rangers v Queen of the South

Partick Thistle v Arbroath

Motherwell v Inverness CT

Livingston v Dundee United

Dundee v Falkirk

Annan Athletic v Aberdeen

Hearts v Kilmarnock

Ross County v Celtic

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