By James Black

Rangers left it late to see off Partick Thistle in the 3-1 Scottish League Cup win last night.

The Gers needed two extra-time goals to book their place in the last four but managed to get there in the end.

Pedro Caixinha made a number of changes to his side with one eye on Saturday’s Old Firm clash – bringing Jak Alnwick, Declan John and Carlos Pena into the starting XI – but it was a team who had the same old problems.

Goals from Carlos Pena, Eduardo Herrera and Daniel Candeias eased the Gers into the semi-finals but it was recent loan signing Declan John who stole the show with his constant bombing forward and tantalising crosses.

The Welshman was eventually taken off with a calf knock but he impressed Rangers fans with his attacking intent and ability to breeze by opposition defenders.

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Which takes us into the first of three things we learned from Rangers’ win over Partick.

Click ‘2’ below to see why Declan John is going to be a breath of fresh air this season