Glasgow Rangers of Scotland midfielder, Joe Aribo hit one of the goals for his side, as they romped to a 4-1 win against Hamilton Academical in the William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round, megasportsarena.com reports.
While Aribo was on song once, his teammate, Scott Arfield scored twice as Rangers eventually overcame partisan fans’ hostility to emerge tops away in Lanarkshire.
A relieved Arfield opened the scoring from the rebound in the 25th minute after his penalty had been saved by Accies keeper Luke Southwood, but Hamilton’s 19-year-old midfielder Lewis Smith levelled with a drive in the 38th minute.
However, The Gers were back in front soon after, as Aribo struck in the 68th minute, after which Colombia striker, Alfredo Morelos headed in a third with five minutes remaining.
Arfield then hammered in a fourth in added time to give an unfair reflection of the game and put Steven Gerrard’s side into Sunday’s quarter-final draw, marking a surge for Ariba’s side, who The Accies famously knocked out of the Scottish Cup in 1987.
There was to be no repeat, although the home side can take positives from their performance considering that, perhaps with their league tie against Aberdeen on Tuesday in view, Accies boss Brian Rice, serving a ban for breaching betting regulations, made six changes to his side.
However, there were only four minutes played when Romania international Ianis Hagi headed a Ryan Kent cross past the post, before Gers keeper Allan McGregor was asked to save a low drive from Smith.
Arfield’s first goal came after 17-year-old defender Jamie Hamilton fouled Ibrox striker Morelos as they tangled in the box and, though Southwood guessed right, the ball went back at the same player to knock it back into the net.
Referee Alan Muir ignored an Accies penalty claim when Dales tumbled inside the box after a challenge by Kent, just before Southwood brilliantly saved a close-range drive from Morelos after he had been set up by Hagi.
Hamilton had to readjust when injured duo Dales and Davies had to go off with injuries with Mickel Miller and Marios Ogkmpoe coming on, but the latter, a powerful striker, soon set up Smith to steer a drive low past McGregor.
Morelos fired over as stunned Rangers responded and Southwood denied Kent just before the interval, with Gers defender Connor Goldson surviving a penalty claim for handball inside the visitors’ penalty area sandwiched in between.
Accies suffered another blow when substitute Miller, after picking up a hamstring complaint, was replaced for the start of the second half by Blair Alston, the last of their three substitutes, while Rangers slowly stepped up the pressure in the second-half but the Lanarkshire outfit continued to defend with impressive organisation and determination.
However, as Andy Halliday waited to replaced left-back Borna Barisic, Aribo stabbed in a Kent cross from eight yards to take some pressure off the Govan men, while Southwood clutched a 25-yard free-kick from Rangers captain, James Tavernier, before Davis replaced Hagi.
Another Gers substitute Greg Stewart, on for Kent, was involved in Rangers’ third when his blocked shot spun up into the air with Morelos nipping in to head in from six yards, but Arfield saved the best for last, lashing in a drive from the edge of the box which went in off the bar.