Sunday January 8, 2012 4th Round Finished Gayfield Park

Arbroath 0 - 4 Rangers

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  1. Rangers avoid scare at Arbroath

    Rangers avoid scare at Arbroath

    Rangers avoided any giant-killing drama at Gayfield Park, as they beat Second Division side Arbroath 4-0 in the Scottish Cup. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Arbroath
    • Rangers
    • FT And there is the final whistle. Rangers into the fifth round. Job done for them. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+1 Bocanegra wins the ball cleanly but aggresively and the referee decides to book him. Wasn't a free, let alone a yellow for me.
    • 90' Two extra minutes.
    • 89' Arbroath would love a goal here but looking unlikely at this stage.
    • 88' Edu flies into a tackle after the referee had already given Rangers a free kick. Gets a little lecture but no yellow.
    • 87' The Chelsea manager, Andre Villas-Boas, and World Cup and Champions League-winning manager, Marcello Lippi, will conduct the Scottish Cup fifth round draw on Monday, 9 January at Hampden Park.
    • 85' Jelavic now heads over the bar after having a free header from a Wylde cross.
    • 84' Kerkar shows a bit more class with a great little dinked ball in behind the defence – Jelavic then clips it over Hill but the shot goes wide.
    • 83' Edu is back on now too after shaking off that knock.
    • 82' Arbroath change. Gibson on for Brian Kerr.
    • 81' Edu gets a kick on the ankle and needs some treatment.
    • 80' Falkingham with a rare shot for Arbroath but no power on the effort.
    • 79' Man of the match Aluko comes off. Wylde comes on.
    • 78' McCoist celebrated more for that goal than any other. Clearly happy for Kerkar.
    • 77' GOAL FOR RANGERS! Kerkar scores his first goal for Rangers. The Algerian with a fine side-footed volley into the net after a little chipped ball in from Healy.
    • 74' Bartley is okay and back on the pitch.
    • 73' Stop in play as Bartley requires treatment after picking up a bang.
    • 71' David Healy found with a fine long-range pass from Kerkar. Healy's cross is not the best and Arbroath manage to head away for a corner.
    • 70' Bartley manages the impressive feat of fouling and kicking a ball out of the stadium in the same movement.
    • 68' Malcom heads over on the line after Papac stood up a fine cross to the back post. Did well to avoid the own goal there.
    • 66' Rangers bring Salim Kerkar on for Lee Wallace.
    • 65' The manager takes himself off. Sheerin off and Bryce comes on.
    • 63' Edu tries to shift on a ball for Jelavic but he just overhits it a bit.
    • 62' Rangers finding space to hit on the break now. Arbroath still fancy a goal but tiredness is creeping in and they have to be careful.
    • 61' Malcolm bundles down Aluko – the only way to stop him at the moment, a clear yellow card.
    • 60' So with that there will be no shock now. Rangers might look to bring on a few subs now.
    • 59' GOAL FOR RANGERS! On queue Aluko produces a moment of quality. On the edge of the area, he produces a disguised pass off to his blind side to put in Jelavic who then blasts a low shot off the post and into the net. Super goal, game over.
    • 57' Aluko shows more silky skills and wins a corner, nothing comes from it but the Nigerian is having a good game.
    • 56' The ball now being played back at the Arbroath end as Rangers kill-off that little spell of home team pressure.
    • 54' Rangers just getting a little casual now – they need to make sure they don't let the visitors get back into this.
    • 53' Sibanda goes down in the box after a coming together with Goian and the home fans shout for a penalty but there didn't look too much in that.
    • 51' Swankie down the left manages to get a ball into the box but there are no maroon shirts there.
    • 50' Neither team being able to hold on to possession at the moment – but the game is fizzing around at a decent pace.
    • 49' Bocanegra a little sloppy trying to see the ball out for a goal kick. Swankie was looking to nick it but McGregor dives onto the ball to clear the danger.
    • 48' Wedderburn gets a talking to for a foul on Jelavic but he escapes without a booking.
    • 47' John Fleck with a great run into the box…Jelavic's cross bounces up for him and he heads wide. Not sure the header was the best option but a powerful run forward from Fleck.
    • 46' And we are back underway…
    • 46' Lee Sibanda on for Liam Caddis at half-time.
    • HT And there is the half-time whistle. It was a decent performance from Arbroath in the opening stages but Rangers are now in complete control.
    • 45+1 Aluko springs forward from midfield and shoots low from distance himself…Hill does well to push the shot away.
    • 45' We will have one extra minute.
    • 44' Baxter goes into the book for a bad tackle on Wallace right in the corner.
    • 43' Nothing comes from that corner but Arbroath struggling to hold it to just 2-0 before the break.
    • 42' The ball bounces around the Arbroath area…Bartley wants a penalty for a handball but the ball finally spills out for a corner.
    • 40' Rangers players queuing up to get a strike away after Jelavic's cross. Two of them get in each other's way before Healy has a shot blocked.
    • 39' Very late tackle from Edu on Doris. The referee plays the advantage for a moment before calling back for the free. Edu lucky not to be booked.
    • 38' Jelavic and Healy a little rough around the edges but seem to be building an understanding as this half progresses.
    • 37' Darren Hill comes out and makes the angle tough before making a fine save with his legs from Aluko.
    • 36' Healy and Jelavic exchange passes on the edge of the box but Healy then makes a mess of the shot – putting it well wide with the outside of his boot.
    • 34' Clash of heads involving Baxter and Jelavic. They are both okay although Baxter is a bit bloody and needs to get that patched up.
    • 33' Rangers finally clear after a decent spell of Arbroath pressure.
    • 32' Nothing comes from the corner but moments later Bocanegra has to nod away for another one with Doris lurking.
    • 31' Caddis wins a corner down the right. Sheerin's deliversies have been good so far.
    • 30' Low-chipped ball form Wallace finds Jelavic but the Croatian international fires a volley lacking in conviction wide.
    • 29' McAnespie just gets a foot in when it looked like the ball was going to fall for Aluko.
    • 28' Game in a bit of a lull now. Already sort of feels like job done for Rangers.
    • 26' Edu with a long ball looking for Jelavic but just a little too much juice on that.
    • 25' Goian nearly caught out in possession on the edge of the box but he regains his composure and clears.
    • 24' Edu now gets a shot on target but it is straight at Hill.
    • 22' GOALS FOR RANGERS! Wedderburn has put Jelavic's cross into his own net. Superb first-time pass from Aluko set up Jelavic after the Croat striker had initially passed to him.
    • 21' Wallace is fouled in the box but Arbroath are lucky as he was flagged for offside just moments before.
    • 20' Healy returned to the Rangers side for the first time since September last week and scored against Motherwell and he now has a second. Will the goals start to fly?
    • 18' So it was a very good opening 15 minutes or so for Arbroath but that changes the whole complexion of the game.
    • 17' GOAL FOR RANGERS! David Healy has calmly placed into the net after some nice one touch play from Edu and Jelavic...Arbroath looked to play offside but the left-back McAnespie never stepped up.
    • 16' Rangers with lots of tight passing in and around the Arbroath box but they can't work an opening and Aluko's shot is finally blocked.
    • 15' Arbroath win a free kick in a dangerous area but a frankly pitiful shot from Swankie goes straight at McGregor.
    • 14' Sheerin now whips in a great corner and Rangers only just about scramble it wide for another corner. Not comfortable stuff for the Old Firm giants at the moment.
    • 13' Player-manager Sheerin gets involved for the first time but he overhits a pass in an attacking position. Arbroath are certainly competing.
    • 12' Home fans are getting louder and louder – maybe they are starting to believe. Rangers still have not got their passing going.
    • 10' Couple of corners from Arbroath in a row as they settle into this game.
    • 8' MCGREGOR FORCED TO TIP OVER: Falkingham with a volley from outside the box is partially blocked by Edu but that just sees it spin up and McGregor has to make a good save to tip over.
    • 7' ANOTHER CHANCE FOR HEALY! – Great run down the left from Aluko who then runs into the box and checks it back for the Northern Ireland striker but he makes a hash of it, barely making contact with the ball.
    • 6' CHANCE FOR ARBROATH…A slip from Bocanegra sees Steven Doris free down the right – he cuts inside and has the option of a shot or a cross, he goes for the former, but it goes wide of the target.
    • 5' The home fans liking the way their team is battling at the moment – every time they cut out a Rangers attack they are cheering.
    • 4' For a moment it looks like Lee Wallace is going to get in for a shot on goal but Mark Baxter does just about enough to clear the danger.
    • 3' Arbroath trying to get stuck in, in these early stages but they have only managed to commit a few fouls so far.
    • 2' GREAT CHANCE FOR RANGERS: Great header on from Jelavic from a free-kick into the box – it falls nicely for Healy six yards out but he blazes the half-volley over. Should have hit the target at least.
    • 1' And two minutes late we are finally underway…
    • 12:42 And the teams come out to a great little racket from this tight ground.
    • 12:40 The two most famous results in Arbroath's history was first when they beat Bon Accord 36-0 in a Scottish Cup match way back in 1885 - the biggest ever win in professional football. And then in 1974 when they beat Rangers 3-2 at Ibrox.
    • 12:35 Today's game is a 5,985 sell-out with about 2,500 of them coming from Rangers.
    • 12:30 The bookies in no doubt as to what will happen here today. Rangers are 1/8 with Arbroath 16/1. The draw is 6/1
    • 12:25 Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin: "You go into every match thinking you can win because if you don’t then you are in the wrong game. I believe it could happen and that we could pull off something special and I hope the players believe too as there is no real pressure on us. Rangers haven’t had the best form lately until their win on Saturday so the pressure is all on them."
    • 12:20 Rangers manager Ally McCoist has no fears about his side underestimating Arbroath after experiencing one cup shock already this season. McCoist: Cup woe is motivation
    • 12:15 Arbroath are in the Scottish second division but having a good season - they are currently second in the table.
    • 12:10 Rangers fans will be happy to see Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic back in the team - he is fit after recovering from a groin injury.
    • 12:05 TEAM NEWS: Arbroath: Hill, Baxter, Wedderburn, Malcolm, McAnespie, Caddis, Kerr, Falkingham, Sheerin, Swankie, Doris; Subs: Burns, Sibanda, Gibson, Bryce, Busch /// Rangers: McGregor, Bartley, Goian, Bocanegra, Papac, Aluko, Fleck, Edu, Wallace, Healy, Jelavic; Subs: Alexander, Bedoya, McMillan, Wylde, Kerkar
    • 12:00 Hello and welcome to our live coverage from Gayfield Park as Arbroath look to cause one of the biggest upsets in Scottish football history against Rangers.
  • Summary

    • 84' Kerkar shows a bit more class with a great little dinked ball in behind the defence – Jelavic then clips it over Hill but the shot goes wide.
    • 77' GOAL FOR RANGERS! Kerkar scores his first goal for Rangers. The Algerian with a fine side-footed volley into the net after a little chipped ball in from Healy.
    • 59' GOAL FOR RANGERS! On queue Aluko produces a moment of quality. On the edge of the area, he produces a disguised pass off to his blind side to put in Jelavic who then blasts a low shot off the post and into the net. Super goal, game over.
    • 47' John Fleck with a great run into the box…Jelavic's cross bounces up for him and he heads wide. Not sure the header was the best option but a powerful run forward from Fleck.
    • 37' Darren Hill comes out and makes the angle tough before making a fine save with his legs from Aluko.
    • 22' GOALS FOR RANGERS! Wedderburn has put Jelavic's cross into his own net. Superb first-time pass from Aluko set up Jelavic after the Croat striker had initially passed to him.
    • 17' GOAL FOR RANGERS! David Healy has calmly placed into the net after some nice one touch play from Edu and Jelavic...Arbroath looked to play offside but the left-back McAnespie never stepped up.
    • 8' MCGREGOR FORCED TO TIP OVER: Falkingham with a volley from outside the box is partially blocked by Edu but that just sees it spin up and McGregor has to make a good save to tip over.
    • 7' ANOTHER CHANCE FOR HEALY! – Great run down the left from Aluko who then runs into the box and checks it back for the Northern Ireland striker but he makes a hash of it, barely making contact with the ball.
    • 6' CHANCE FOR ARBROATH…A slip from Bocanegra sees Steven Doris free down the right – he cuts inside and has the option of a shot or a cross, he goes for the former, but it goes wide of the target.
    • 2' GREAT CHANCE FOR RANGERS: Great header on from Jelavic from a free-kick into the box – it falls nicely for Healy six yards out but he blazes the half-volley over. Should have hit the target at least.
    • 12:05 TEAM NEWS: Arbroath: Hill, Baxter, Wedderburn, Malcolm, McAnespie, Caddis, Kerr, Falkingham, Sheerin, Swankie, Doris; Subs: Burns, Sibanda, Gibson, Bryce, Busch /// Rangers: McGregor, Bartley, Goian, Bocanegra, Papac, Aluko, Fleck, Edu, Wallace, Healy, Jelavic; Subs: Alexander, Bedoya, McMillan, Wylde, Kerkar

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