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Friday 19th January
The first of this weekend’s 4th round Scottish Cup ties between Formartine United and Cove Rangers has been called due to a frozen pitch. The Highland League rivals were due to do battle for a place in the fifth round tonight at North Lodge. The game will now take place on Wednesday 31st January at 8pm.
Peterhead’s game tomorrow with Dumbarton at Balmoor has also fallen victim to the subzero conditions which have swept the north east this week. The pitch was inspected this afternoon and was deemed unplayable due to snow and ice and with the overnight forecast not showing any significant signs of a thaw, it was decided to call the game off. The tie will now go ahead on Tuesday the 23rd January with a 7.45pm kick off. The club has said that all tickets already issued for the match will be valid for Tuesday’s game.
A pitch inspection will take place at 5pm on Saturday at Bellslea Park ahead of Fraserburgh’s historic tie with Rangers on Sunday. The Broch already have the pitch under cover’s in an effort to keep the worst of the frost at bay and that coupled with a predicted rise in temperature from tomorrow afternoon will hopefully allow the game to get the go ahead.
The undersoil heating at Pittodrie will mean that Aberdeen’s game with St Mirren will go ahead at lunchtime tomorrow. The game will be the Dons first competitive outing since the winter break as they welcome the Championship leaders in what on paper looks a tough task for the SPL side. Boss Derek McInnes will be able to call on the fit again pair of Niall McGinn and Stevie May who are both in the squad but recent loan signing Chidi Nwakali’s work permit has not come through so he will miss out. McInnes has also today said that there has been no official approach for Kenny McLean who has been linked with a move to Norwich, he also said the Scott McKenna will not be leaving the club in the January window despite bids being received from Hull City.
Britain's Kyle Edmund defied blazing hot conditions at the Australian Open tennis to set up a last-16 tie with Italy's Andreas Seppi. His five set win over Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili helped him to reach the fourth round for the first time in Melbourne. Meanwhile, world number one Rafael Nadal made light work of his opponent to join Edmund at the next stage. The Spaniard eased past Bosnian Damir Dzumhur in straight sets - 6-1 6-3 6-1.
Scotland rugby union head coach Gregor Townsend's named four uncapped players in a 40-man squad for the Six Nations. Three are from Edinburgh - full-back Blair Kinghorn, scrum-half Nathan Fowles and prop Murray McCallum, while Glasgow forward D'arcy Rae is also in. Fly-half Greig Laidlaw's included - even though he's not played since October because of a broken leg. John Barclay's been named as captain ahead of him. Scotland start away to Wales on the 3rd of February.