Scottish Cup

Scottish Cup

Rangers’ Jason Cummings says language is barrier to partnership with Alfredo Morelos

Scoring goals may be a universal language but Jason Cummings believes an improvement in basic communication will allow his strike partnership with Alfredo Morelos to flourish for Rangers.

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Derek McInnes: If Aberdeen don’t win the cup I’ll be disappointed

Derek McInnes believes Aberdeen are among a clutch of teams who will be disappointed if they do not lift the Scottish Cup this season.

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Rangers boss Graeme Murty. Picture: SNS

Graeme Murty hails ‘patience and character’ of Rangers after Ayr win

Rangers manager Graeme Murty praised his players for their response after falling behind to Ayr United on a day that he admitted looked tailor-made for a big Scottish Cup upset.

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Hearts full-back Deme Mitchell dinks an unstoppable lofted shot into the postage stamp for the first goal of his senior career. Picture: SNS.

Demetri Mitchell proud to get off mark for Hearts

Until now, his parents have had to follow Deme Mitchell’s Tynecastle career via Hearts TV but on Saturday, while mum Sally was at home watching the live feed, dad Roger was in the ground to witness his son’s maiden first-team goal and celebrate with the other 12,000 fans as it helped catapult the club into the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup for the first time since 2012.

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James Forrest, far left, celebrates with team-mates after completing his hat-trick against Partick Thistle. Picture: SNS.

Smiles can’t conceal the frailties that dog Celtic

In a twist on the tradition of vegging in front of the telly of a Saturday evening, Kristoffer Ajer did that this weekend by poring over reruns of Celtic’s scatty Scottish Cup victory over Partick Thistle earlier in the day. It was, the teenager said in the immediate aftermath of the tie, a fundamental part of his desire to “learn from his mistakes”.

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James Forrest with the match ball at full time. Picture: SNS

Five things we learned from the Scottish Cup weekend

The William Hill Scottish Cup grabbed the headlines this weekend with holders Celtic making their way through to the quarter-finals with a 3-2 win over fellow Ladbrokes Premiership side Partick Thistle. Here, we look at five things we learned in the fifth round.

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Leigh Griffiths celebrates in Celtic's 3-0 victory over Morton at the same stage of the Scottish Cup in 2016. Picture: SNS

Holders Celtic get Morton in Scottish Cup quarter-final draw

Celtic will look to continue their charge towards a second successive treble after being handed a home tie against Greenock Morton in the Scottish Cup quarter-final draw.

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Gary Mackay-Steven, centre, celebrates after scoring against his old club. Picture: SNS

Aberdeen 4 - 2 Dundee United: Dons advance to the quarter-finals

It’s true these sides approached this tie from very different standpoints. The Scottish Cup has become something of a holy grail for Aberdeen.

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Rangers players celebrate after Jason Cummings, second left, puts the visitors in front. Picture: SNS

Ayr United 1 - 6 Rangers: Murty’s men recover from early setback

Graeme Murty’s bid to win a piece of silverware which would greatly enhance his prospects of remaining as Rangers manager beyond the end of the season looked to be in serious jeopardy when a goalkeeping howler from Wes Foderingham gifted Alan Forrest - younger brother of Celtic winger James - an early opener for the League One side.

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Ayr United manager Ian McCall. Picture: Michael Gillen

Ayr United boss to miss cup clash with Rangers after eye operation

Ayr United manager Ian McCall will miss Sunday’s home William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Rangers after having eye surgery earlier in the week.

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Aberdeen's Gary Mackay-Steven will face former club Dundee United today in the Scottish Cup. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Gary Mackay-Steven surprised by Dundee United’s decline

Gary Mackay-Steven, Dundee United and Aberdeen have had mixed fortunes in the three years since the winger marked his last game for the Tannadice side with a League Cup semi-final victory against Derek McInnes’ team.

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Rangers manager Graeme Murty. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Graeme Murty sees Neil Lennon as something of a role model

There has been a wow factor to so much of the past 12 months for Graeme Murty, the 43-year-old could really only provide one response the other day when informed that this weekend marked the first anniversary of his first spell as interim Rangers manager. That month stint not to be confused with his second as interim. And not to be confused with his being confirmed as the club’s permanent manager for the rest of this season in the days before Christmas.

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Kris Boyd scores to increase Kilmarnock's lead to 2-0. Picture: SNS/Rob Casey

Kilmarnock 4 - 0 Brora Rangers: Killie hit four as Brora’s cup dream ends

Kilmarnock took a while to move through the gears but the improvements introduced by manager Steve Clarke since he replaced Lee McCulloch in October were evident long before the end as they comfortably claimed their place in tomorrow’s draw for the quarter-finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

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Falkirk's Craig Sibbald celebrates after giving his side a 2-1 lead. Picture: SNS/Roddy Scott

Cove Rangers 1 - 3 Falkirk: Alex Jakubiak double downs spirited Cove

Paul Hartley was effusive in his praise of Cove Rangers’ ultimately futile attempt to become the first Highland League club since Elgin City 50 years ago to reach the Scottish Cup quarter finals and the Falkirk manager’s comments weren’t entirely concerned with maintaining family harmony.

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Frank Ross scores to put Morton ahead. Picture: SNS/Bill Murray

Morton 3 - 0 Dumbarton: Duffy’s men cruise into quarter-finals

There was no cause to quibble with the scoreline at Cappielow yesterday – this victory for Morton was absolutely as comfortable as the margin suggests. On paper this all Championship tie, featuring two sides who had drawn their two previous league meetings, looked like it might be a close run thing. The reality was that the contrasting recent form of both sides was cruelly laid bare, with the visitors looking every bit like a side that is now embroiled in a battle to avoid a relegation play-off spot.

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Dundee's Sofien Mousa (left) and Chris Cadden in action. Picture: SNS/Bruce White

Dundee 0 - 2 Motherwell: Home side’s woes continue as Well progress

A penny for the thoughts of Steven Caulker. The ex-England international defender, recruited seven days after the end of the transfer window, watched on as defensive calamities from his new team-mates gifted a place in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup to visitors Motherwell.

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Celtic players celebrate after Forrest scores. Picture: SNS/Craig Foy

Five things we learned from Celtic 3 - 2 Partick Thistle

Andy Harrow looks back on Celtic’s Scottish Cup fifth round victory over Partick Thistle.

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Celtic's James Forrest celebrates after completing his hat-trick. Picture: SNS/Craig Foy

Celtic 3 - 2 Partick Thistle: How the players rated on each side

Ratings out of ten in Celtic’s 3-2 victory over Partick Thistle

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Jame Forrest celebrates after putting Celtic ahead. Picture: PA/Andrew Milligan

Celtic 3 - 2 Partick Thistle: James Forrest hat-trick sends Celtic through

No-one summed up the afternoon’s events at Celtic Park better than Brendan Rodgers. His team would have to be better at the back to win the Scottish Cup, he said. They would have to play better to match the challenge to be faced on Thursday when Zenit St Petersburg come to Glasgow for the the club’s Europa League last 32 tie. And James Forrest, with trio of peachy strikes to deliver him a first career hat-trick was the “class” player on the pitch.

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Callum McGregor is hoping for a recall when Celtic host Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup today. Picture: SNS.

Callum McGregor tells Celtic critics: We’re having a great season

The notion Celtic are on a downturn doesn’t marry up with the fact that, for the first time in 15 years, they have entered February and theoretically could still be on for a quadruple.

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