Nakamura fires Celtic as Well honour late skipper

( AFP ) - Shunsuke Nakamura marked his return to the Celtic starting line-up with a goal as the holders eased into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

The Japanese playmaker, in action for the first time since being sidelined by a knee injury in October, found the target with a 75th-minute strike as Celtic disposed of first division Stirling Albion with a 3-0 win at Parkhead.

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Scott McDonald were the other scorers on a day that saw Motherwell play for the first time since their captain Phil O'Donnell, 35, died from a heart attack during a match on December 29.

Motherwell lived up to manager Mark McGhee's call for them to honour their late skipper's memory with an exciting match by battling back from two goals down at Hearts to take their tie to a replay.

Hearts had looked in control thanks to goals from Deividas Cesnauskis and Andrius Velicka.

But Chris Porter twice netted at the end of sweeping moves to earn the visitors a replay.

Falkirk earned a replay against Scottish Premier League (SPL) rivals Aberdeen after twice coming from behind to earn a dramatic 2-2 draw.

The Dons looked to be heading into the fifth round after taking the lead first through Jamie Smith and then Steve Lovell in a remarkable opening 10 minutes.

But Falkirk skipper Darren Barr's first equaliser was matched by Spaniard Arnau Riera's header after the break.

Hibernian midfielder Dean Shiels ensured new manager Mixu Paatelainen got his reign off to a winning start by netting a stunning hat-trick to sink Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3-0.

Elsewhere, St Mirren saw off Dumbarton 3-0 while SPL bottom side Gretna had to cling on for a replay after conceding a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw with Morton.

Queen of the South eased into the fifth round with a 4-0 victory over Junior side Linlithgow Rose at Palmerston Park while the only other game to survive the weather, the clash between Hamilton and Brechin, finished goalless.

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