Hearts striker Gavin Reilly described drawing city rivals Hibernian as “tie of the round” after the Scottish Cup fifth round draw was made.
It’ll be Reilly’s first taste of the Edinburgh derby and one he’s really looking forward too.
“It’s got to be tie of the round. It’s a fantastic draw for both sets of fans, we’re at home, we’ve got to be confident and hopefully we can progress to the quarter-finals,” he said.
“I’m excited I watched the games on the tele when I was younger. It’s a fantastic rivalry it’s up there with Celtic and Rangers.
“It will be a proper old fashioned derby hopefully our quality shines through and we can go on and win.”
Hearts emerged emphatic 5-1 winners in the Scottish Cup final in 2012 but Reilly says that will have no bearing on the game.
“The last time they played in the Cup final it was a convincing for Hearts but now that is out of the window,” he said.
“This is the one that fans want to go to work the next day and have the bragging rights. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Meanwhile, Celtic were drawn away to lowland league sides East Kilbride or Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale and East Kilbride chairman Mark Horner was delighted to get drawn against the Scottish champions.
“Wow, what a draw. This is what the Cup is all about. It’s massive not just for the club but for East Kilbride as well.
“If possible, we will be playing at K Park if we are lucky to progress but we’ll wait and see if that can happen.”
Motherwell have a home tie against the winners of Stirling Albion and Inverness CT.
Rangers will face Premiership opposition in the form of Kilmarnock, Dundee United are at home to Partick Thistle and Dunfermline or Ross County will host either Linlithgow Rose or Forfar.
Motherwell v Stirling Albion/Inverness CT
East Kilbride/Lothian Thistle v Celtic
Dundee United v Partick Thistle
Dunfermline/Ross County v Linlithgow Rose/Forfar
Rangers v Kilmarnock
Annan Athletic v Morton
Dumbarton v Dundee/Falkirk
Hearts v Hibs
Ties to be played on February 6/7