Rangers have beaten Celtic 2-0 in their Scottish Cup fourth round clash at Ibrox.
Steven Gerrard’s side, who have already clinched the Premiership title this season, are on course for a domestic double while Celtic’s difficult season continues and the Parkhead club lost their grip on the last of the three trophies they were defending from last season.
Rangers went ahead after just ten minutes when an attack on the right saw a cross spin up and into the box. Steven Davis met the ball with an acrobatic volley that Scott Bain couldn’t stop.
Celtic responded with shots from Odsonne Edouard and Callum McGregor but missed a golden chance after 24 minutes. A low cross from the left came into the path of Stephen Welsh right in front of goal but the defender steered it back the way it came when he had the goal at his mercy.
Rangers went further ahead ten minutes later and the move yet again came down their right flank, with Joe Aribo beating Diego Laxalt before hitting the line and firing in a cross that Jonjoe Kenny knocked into his own net under pressure from Ryan Kent.
After the break David Turnbull tested Allan McGregor with a fierce shot from outside the box as Celtic looked to gain a foothold in the game.
The visitors then had another huge chance when Mohamed Elyounoussi’s shot was blocked by McGregor but spun up and into Odsonne Edouard, who flicked the ball over the bar with the goal gaping.
Rangers had further chances. With Kent and Alfredo Morelos trying to beat Bain in quick succession but Celtic kept them out while pushing for a goal of their own.
The chance with just over ten minutes to go. Leigh Griffiths, brough on for Ryan Christie, was fouled by Joe Aribo in the box and Celtic had a penalty.
Edouard took responsibility from the spot but McGregor dived to parry away his penalty and complete Celtic’s misery.
Neither side could find a goal in the final minutes and Rangers took victory, and progress to next week’s cup quarter-finals where they will meet St Johnstone.
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