KENYA BROWN - Monday, February 13, 2017
Emerson Hyndman and Rangers advanced to the next round of the Scottish Cup with their win over Greenock Morton while Hearts will need to go through a replay against Hibernian.
Rangers 2-1 Greenock Morton
Rangers guaranteed their place in the quarterfinals of the Scottish Cup with a narrow win over Greenock Morton at Ibrox.
Emerson Hyndman started for the Light Blues and played 80 minutes for the team in their win.
It was a rough week for Rangers as most of the news coming out was of head coach Mark Warburton's resignation from the team. With the team sitting in third place in the Scottish Premier League standings and no chance of catching Celtic, the cup competition leaves them the only chance of capturing any silverware this season.
Graeme Murty was appointed as Rangers' interim head coach for the cup clash.
Rangers would go down a goal just minutes into the first half when Greenock's Michael Tidser fired his shot from just outsie the area to give the Championship team the lead.
However, Kenny Miller would level the score in the 13th minute for Rangers when put away a saved effort from teammate Barry McKay.
Hyndman came close to giving Rangers the lead three minutes later when McKay set him up for a shot on the edge of the area. However, Greenock goalkeeper Derek Gaston would get his fingertips on the ball to send it over the bar.
The host would find the game-winner in the 61st minute when Martyn Waghorn tapped the ball in from close range to book Rangers place into the next round.
Rangers will await the winner of the replay between Dunfermline Athletic and Hamilton Academical.
Bjorn Johnsen came off the bench while Perry Kitchen remained a spectator on the bench as Hearts' fifth round game against Hibernian ended in a 0-0 tie. The Edinburgh rivals will meet for the replay on February 23.