By Harvey Byrne

Former Scotland defender Willie Miller believes Joe Garner was extremely lucky to see out the match against Hamilton on Saturday afternoon.

Rangers ran out resounding 6-0 victors in the Scottish Cup quarter-final stage and Garner himself finished the encounter with the match ball after coming off the bench to bag a hat-trick.

However, the match could have gone in a completely different direction after the 28-year-old striker put in a late challenge on Dougie Imrie, which some thought deserved a more severe punishment than the yellow card awared.

BBC pundit Miller was part of that crowd and he claimed that Garner was lucky to stay on the pitch after his “wild” and “reckless” tackle.

“That’s the third big decision the referee’s had and it has gone against Hamilton again,” told Miler, as quoted by the BBC match blog (58 minutes).

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“It is wild and it’s reckless. Garner is a very lucky young man.”

Garner was signed by Rangers in the summer for a price of £1.5million from Championship side Preston.

He is known to be physical up top and many have shared throughout the season that he needs to focus more on putting the ball into the back of the net.

The striker will miss next Sunday’s crucial clash with Celtic, but supporters will now be hoping his hat-trick on Saturday marks the start of a scoring run.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has slammed this 35-year-old after the Gers’ victory.

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