BT Sport have opted to provide coverage for Livingston v Rangers in the last eight of the competition. It seems odd, given that Hearts v Aberdeen is clearly the pick of the round.
The games will be played midweek on either the 24th or 25th of September. Fans could make a very big argument for the Jambos and Dons’ clash for being on TV.
Hearts v Aberdeen is unpredictable
Livingston v Rangers is a one-sided match on paper. Livi have started brightly and have yet to lose a match, whilst Rangers have looked in decent form overall, scoring for fun as of late.
The obvious reason this match is on the TV is numbers. Rangers, due to the sheer size of their support, will be able to pull in many more viewers than the Tynecastle clash.
In terms of a football spectacle though, the game has to be Hearts v Aberdeen. The game is an unpredictable affair, with the four league clashes between the side’s last season ending in two wins for both sides.
On the basis of this season as well, it could be a classic. Aberdeen played Hearts on the opening weekend of Premiership action, which turned into a 3-2 victory for the Dons.
It’s a much closer game, a match the neutral would watch with vested interest. Livingston v Rangers is far more predictable. Unsurprisingly, the match was also aired on TV twice last season, so most fans outwith Livi and Rangers are eager for something fresh.
Hearts v Aberdeen has the makings of a cup classic. It’s a shame it’s not going to get the coverage it deserves.