The final Scottish Cup fourth round ties at the weekend saw Celtic and Rangers progress to the last 16 of the competition, with comfortable wins over Stranraer and Cowdenbeath respectively.
Rangers played host to Cowdenbeath at Ibrox on Sunday for the early afternoon kick off in what was an emphatic victory for Mark Warburton’s side.
A hat trick from Martyn Waghorn and goals from Lee Wallace and Barrie McKay secured Rangers a 5-1 win over the visitors – with Dean Brett getting a consolation goal for the Blue Brazil from a set piece.
Beaten semi-finalists last season, Celtic, travelled south to face League One opposition Stranraer in the final game of the weekend and despite Celtic’s poor form of late this game was not the potential banana skin that some may have predicted.
Carlton Cole, making his full debut for Celtic, scored for Ronny Deila’s men just before half time after Leigh Griffiths had opened the scoring for the visitors.
Deila had set out his team in a 4-4-2 with both Cole and Griffiths up front – in what was a change from the norm for Celtic – and it continued to pay dividends in the second half as Griffiths doubled his tally for the day and secured a 3-1 win for the Premiership league leaders.
Both clubs now wait to see who they will face in the Fifth Round of the Cup with the draw being made on Monday night at 6.15pm.