UK news Steven Gerrard relishing Old Firm clash in Scottish Cup last-16 as Rangers keep double hopes alive last news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Rangers will have to overcome Celtic to keep their double dreams on course after sweeping past Cove Rangers to set up a Scottish Cup Old Firm clash.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "Rangers will have to overcome Celtic to keep their double dreams on course after sweeping past Cove Rangers to set up a Scottish Cup Old Firm clash. Steven Gerrard's team learned before facing Paul Hartley's League One part-timers the prize for the winners was the chance to host Celtic in the last 16.And that was all the inspiration the recently-crowned Premiership champions needed as a Kemar Roofe brace plus strikes from Jermain Defoe and Nathan Patterson, all before half-time, saw them cruise to a 4-0 triumph.The Hoops will now make the first of two visits to Ibrox in the space of a fortnight over the weekend of April 17-18, with the winner going on to stage a quarter-final clash against St Johnstone or Clyde."We'd have liked a few more goals, but the boys tried their best," said Gerrard."In the main, a very professional job and into the next round we go."We want to try and stay unbeaten and there's still a lot to play for. The cup is a priority for us now."On facing holders Celtic, Gerrard added: "It's a big and tough challenge next but one we'll look forward to. I think it's a fantastic game for us all to look forward to. Two good teams that will go for it."Complacency robbed the Light Blues of the chance to make this year's Betfred Cup the first trophy of the Gerrard reign as they were stunned by St Mirren back in December.
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.Patterson and Calvin Bassey started in the full-back slots after Gers appealed their four-game bans for breaching lockdown rules, while Scott Wright came in for his first start since joining in January.Cove were not lacking in top-flight nous with ex-Aberdeen trio Mitch Megginson, Jamie Masson and Fraser Fyvie included in Hartley's line-up.They did well to survive three big chances inside the opening 11 minutes, including a Roofe shot which hit the post, but having survived the early scares Cove got a bit too cocky as they tried to build up from their own box.It proved to be a costly mistake as Gers pounced on 24 minutes. Steven Davis regained possession from Adam Livingstone's heavy touch, Glen Kamara fizzed the ball into Defoe's feet, with the 38-year-old spinning past Fyvie before drilling home.Another self-inflicted error cost Cove the second seven minutes later. Broque Watson and Daniel Higgins got themselves in a muddle as Bassey applied pressure. Defoe took over, sweeping the ball to Scott Arfield's feet. McKenzie saved the midfielder's effort but Roofe was there to turn home the rebound.The former Leeds ace had another 60 seconds later as he darted across Higgins to turn home Wright's ball to the front post.And Gers were four-up two minutes before the break after Higgins attempted a suicidal square ball across his own box, with the inevitable result as Patterson stole in to tuck away his second goal for the club."
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