Rangers took a step closer to their first piece of major silverware since 2011 with a win over Ayr United in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup at Somerset Park.
After going behind following Wes Foderingham’s howler, Alfredo Morelos drew the Gers level before half-time with a lovely half-volley.
Graeme Murty’s side dominated against the League One high-flyers but struggled to grab a second goal despite peppering Jack Ruddy’s goal with shots.
Jamie Murphy thought he’d given the Gers a second-half lead but saw his effort ruled out for offside after poking the ball home from a few yards.
Jason Cummings finally gave the Gers a deserved lead with a fantastic hooked volley to grab his second goal since signing from Nottingham Forest last month.
Then the floodgates opened and Rangers stepped up a gear and punished Ayr with quickfire goals from Morelos and Josh Windass in a little over six minutes after Cummings’ strike to secure the Gers place in the quarter-final draw.
Windass grabbed a fifth for the Gers – and his fifth in two Scottish Cup games this season – when he headed home from close range as Ayr collapsed.
Jamie Murphy put the cherry on top of Murty’s side when he burst from midfield before cooly slotting the ball home to grab his first goal for his boyhood heroes.
Here, Football Insider looks at three things learned from Rangers’ Scottish Cup clash with Ayr, including the man who has turned out to be the missing link from the side.
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