RELIEVED Rangers overcame gallant Championship outfit Morton 2-1 at Ibrox this afternoon.
A goal from Martyn Waghorn just after the hour mark booked their place in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.
But the Greenock side were only 30 seconds away from forcing a replay at Cappielow. On-loan Celt Luke Donnelly was presented with the ideal opportunity to level in the fading moments.
Wes Foderingham and substitute Lee Hodson got into a mess on the edge of the box and Ross Forbes intercepted the ball to tee up Donnelly.
However, with the keeper out of position, the youngster wastefully lobbed a wayward effort over the crossbar from 18 yards. He should have scored.
As they did in the previous round against Motherwell, Rangers had to come back from going behind to win.
In the seventh minute, Michael Tidser silenced the home fans when he shot Jim Duffy’s side into the lead.
Aiden Nesbitt, another young Celt on loan at Morton, linked up with the striker and the frontman left Foderingham helpless with a first-time effort from outside the box that swept in low at the keeper’s right-hand post.
But that was wiped out nine minutes later when goalie Derek Gaston blocked a shot from Barrie McKay and the ball rebounded to Kenny Miller.
The veteran frontman immediately hit an effort goalwards and took a deflection off Tom O’Ware before flying into the far corner.
Waghorn got the winner in the 61st minute when Gaston mishandled an Emerson Hyndman low ball at his near post.
It broke clear and the Englishman couldn’t miss from a yard out as he toe-poked the ball over the line.