KENYA BROWN - Sunday, January 22, 2017
Emerson Hyndman's game-winning assist allowed Rangers to advance past Motherwell, while Perry Kitchen, Bjorn Johnsen and Hearts will go into a replay after their tie with Raith Rovers.
Rangers 2-1 Motherwell
Two late goals from Kenny Miller helped Rangers avoid the early exit from the Scottish Cup as they came from behind to defeat Motherwell at Ibrox Stadium.
With the Scottish Premier League crown out of reach as cross-town rivals Celtic hold an insurmountable lead in the standings, winning the cup could be a good consolation for the season, but things nearly did not go the way for the blue half of Glasgow on Saturday.
The game was scoreless at the end of the first half and for much of the second until Motherwell found a way past Rangers' defense to open the scoring in the 74th minute. Louis Moult's header found the back of the net after a brilliant cross from teammate Chris Cadden from the right.
Rangers pressed for the equalizer and found it in the 84th minute when Miller headed in his own effort after a cross from Martyn Waghorn into the area.
The host then staved off a replay with the game-winner a minute before full time. Motherwell gave up possession in the midfield and Hyndman, who entered the game in the 72nd minute, pounced on the loose ball to deliver a pass to Miller who then slotted it past Motherwell goalkeeper Craig Samson to send the Ibrox faithful into mass hysteria.
Rangers now head to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, where they will face Greenock Morton on February 11.
Raith Rover 1-1 Hearts
Hearts were well on their way to advancing to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, but an 89th minute goal from Raith Rovers will force the two teams to go into a replay.
Both Kitchen and Johnsen started for the Jambos.
The visitors had an excellent chance to silence the Rovers fans at Stark's Park minutes into the first half when Kitchen attempted to head in Malaury Martin's corner kick from the right, but the team captain's effort went wide of the target.
However, Hearts would open the scoring in the 37th minute when Don Cowie set up teammate Jamie Walker to put his effort past Rovers goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert.
The Jambos had the momentum and tried to add on to their lead entering the second half, but Martin's curling efforts just went over the crossbar.
Rovers put on the pressure in search for the equalizer and finally got it a minute before full time when Rudi Skacel's half-volley into the area found Declan McManus and he headed the ball past Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton.
The two teams will settle the game in a replay on January 26 at Tynecastle Stadium to decide who will then face defending Scottish Cup winners Hibernian in the fifth round.