Scottish Open: John Higgins faces Alan McManus in first round

Alan McManus and John Higgins
Scots Alan McManus and John Higgins will play each other in the Scottish Open first round

Scotland's John Higgins and Alan McManus have been drawn against each other in the Scottish Open first round.

The two meet on Monday 12 December at Glasgow's Emirates Arena - their 23rd encounter.

Fellow Scot Stephen Maguire faces Chinese Zhou Yuelong a day later.

World number four Judd Trump opens his campaign against China's Zhang Yong, while beaten UK Championship finalist Ronnie O'Sullivan gets underway against world number 29 Matthew Selt.

Four-time world champion Higgins, 41, has won back-to-back titles at the China Championship and Champion of Champions events this season. Earlier this month, he reached the last eight of the UK Championship, where he was knocked out by Mark Selby, the eventual champion.

1994 Masters champion McManus, 45, was eliminated by Jamie Jones in the tournament's second round.

Higgins and McManus last faced each other at the World Championship in April, with McManus the victor 13-11. Higgins leads his compatriot 12-10 in their head-to-head meetings.

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