Rangers eased into the quarter finals on a cold night in Falkirk. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)
Those had Steven Gerrard’s side ahead at the interval against the Bairns who performed well but rarely threatened a slick visiting side – still powerful despite seven changes from the Europa League draw with Benfica.
After the break, a volleyed stunner from James Tavernier – supplied by his partner in crime Borna Barisic on the opposite flank – gave Rangers enough comfort to begin ringing the changes.
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Several youngsters were given a taste of first team action and many made the most of their chance in a comfortable win that takes Rangers into a quarter final with ___ next month.
Smart to deny Sammon and Alston close in but didn't look happy on the plastic pitch in the second half with the ball at his feet.
Here’s how the Rangers players rated using our usual scale.
Scale - 10: One of the best performances you've seen. 9: Outstanding. 8: Very good. 7: Good. 6: Average. 5: Poor, 4: Very poor. 3: A terrible day at the office. 2: Abysmal. B: One of the worst performances you've seen.
Never tested defensively and hit a stunner for the fourth. Coped with, and read, everything Falkirk asked of him.
The through ball from Goldson to Defoe will cut better teams than Falkirk open and defender was solid as usual. Heart in mouth moment when needed treate,ent in the second half with Rangers growing centre-half issues.
Drafted in tho centre-back in place of Helander and marked the occasion with his first goal - in the right place at the right time for it, and many times at the back too.
May have been a candidate for a rest but showed his worth with a delicious delivery for Tavernier's goal and his own pin-point accuracy benefitted with a free-kick of his own.
Barely on long enough to make an impression before being replaced by Glenn Kamara. Would have been the perfect night to get behind the Bairns defence but not to be.
First start and sat deep. Took his time to get into it but showed all the attributes he will be an asset once he slots into the game plan. Sat deep which allowed Kamara to get around.
Played through the middle where he's at his most dangerous but looked frustrated for much of the game. When he did get on the ball looked positive and creative but it was too seldom.
Hit the bar within seconds and could have scored himself but wanted too long on the ball too often and could have done more to stake a claim for a more regular place.
Back at the club where it all started for him, midfielder was tidy enough and got the job done before being substituted
Movement is still such an asset, even at his age, and showed his agility - as well as his eye for goal with the opener from a tight angle.
The right line-up was vindicated within six minutes and the right changes in the second half gave youths a chance while showing respect to the competition.
Entered after 25 minutes and ended up everywhere for Rangers in his usual midfield composure. Zungu sitting deep allowed him to rove all over the pitch.
Looked comfortable at right back after replacing captain Tavernier for his debut. Got high up the park like the captain but by then Rangers were cruising at 4-0.
Honed his skill as a youth not far from The Falkirk Stadium, but made a limited impact in a more withdrawn attacking role after coming on.
Did ok when he came on in the second half for first Rangers appearance in 18 months but didn't make the impact his young colleagues did.
Only on for a taste of the second half action, the youngster looked very positive and made a claim for more regular involvement