KENYA BROWN - Sunday, March 5, 2017
Emerson Hyndman put in another strong performance as Rangers booked their place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup with a comfortable win over Hamilton Academical.
Rangers 6-0 Hamilton
The Light Blues chances of winning the league title may be over, but they are making the most of their cup run as they easily disposed of Hamilton Academical at Ibrox.
Hyndman was once again in the starting lineup for the team, playing 82 minutes in the win. The midfielder, who is on loan to the team from Bournemouth, came very close to opening the scoring in the ninth minute when Barrie McKay sent a cross into the area from the left. However, his shot went straight into the hands of Hamilton goalkeeper Remi Matthews.
The host did eventually open the scoring from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute through Martyn Waghorn. Gers midfielder Jon Toral was brought down from a challenge by Grant Gillespie. The referee pointed to the spot and Waghorn put away his shot to give his team the lead.
Rangers had the lead entering halftime, but they would go a goal glut to dominate the second and ensure their place in the next round.
Joe Garner doubled the team's lead just minutes into the second half when McKay provided another cross into the area from the left, Robert Kieran would then leap to head the ball into the path of the striker and he would tap it in on his first touch.
Rangers would later have some trouble as they went down to 10 men due to Garner going down with a head injury. He would be out of the team for several minutes as he got stitched up in the dressing room.
Upon his return to the field, the Glasgow side started to score again. Jon Toral added a third for the team in the 77th minute from a corner kick.
Clinton Hill added the fourth with a diving header from another corner kick.
Garner scored his second goal of the game in the 88th minute to make it 5-0 when Hamilton's Grant Gillespie made a weak back pass that intercepted by the striker, who had no problems putting it past Matthews.
He then went on to seal his hat trick in stoppage time as he capitalized on a poor clearance from the visitors to fire a low shot into the back of the net.
Rangers now await their semi-final opponent as the draw takes place on Monday.