Scottish Cup: Aberdeen favourites, claims Rangers skipper Lee McCulloch
Lee McCulloch has rubbished claims Rangers are favourites to win the Scottish Cup following Celtic's shock exit.
Last Updated: 11/02/14 6:55pm
Holders Celtic saw their grip on the world's oldest football trophy loosened by Aberdeen, just hours after Rangers booked their place in the last eight with a 4-0 victory over Dunfermline at Ibrox.
A quarter-final home tie against lowly Albion Rovers lies between Rangers and a semi-final on their own ground but Gers skipper McCulloch claims Aberdeen remain the team to beat this season.
The Dons have already secured their place in the final of the Scottish League Cup against Inverness and with Dumbarton at home in the quarter-finals former Scotland star McCulloch admits a cup double is on the cards for Derek McInnes' side.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: "You have to look at Aberdeen who are doing really, really well this season and for me you'd probably say they were favourites.
"But for ourselves, we know what we have to do. We have a home game which is all we ask for and we have a chance to progress.
"It is going to be a difficult game. Albion Rovers have a good manager, they are a decent team and no doubt they will come here and make it difficult for us.
"It is a game where we definitely do not think we have already won it. It will be difficult, it will be a challenge and we are looking forward to it."
McCulloch's comments come just 24 hours after boss Ally McCoist claimed the current Scottish League Two champions could not be considered favourites with Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee United and St Johnstone still in the mix.
And bookmakers across the land agree with the Ibrox duo as all have marked up Aberdeen as clear market leaders - some as low as 9/4 - to win their first Scottish Cup in 14 years at Celtic Park on Sunday, 25 May.