Gascoigne at the double

Caledonian Thistle 0

Rangers 3

Thomson 15 og, Gascoigne 35, 52

Attendance: 12,000 (at Tannadice)

THE SCOTTISH Cup this season has hardly been littered with shocks. Rangers had scored 14 goals in the previous two rounds and there was little hope that Caledonian Thistle would engineer an upset yesterday.

For one side it was a super day out while for the other it was a mere inconvenience on their way to the semi-finals. While Rangers won comfortably, aided by an own goal and a Paul Gascoigne double, it was nevertheless all extremely enjoyable. While Thistle worked hard to defend, with Ian Stewart and Charlie Christie up front they broke quickly and were always likely to disturb.

Clyde had scared Rangers in the previous round, taking a second-half lead, so the Ibrox club started yesterday determined to avoid a similar scenario. Within a minute, Alan McLaren had stretched to poke past the post and two minutes later Thistle's keeper Jim Calder produced a fabulous reflex save to deny David Robertson.

But Thistle had their own attacking intentions and Andy Goram almost gifted them the lead. He failed to hold a Brian Thompson cross and McLaren had to be sharp to clear before Stewart could scramble the ball in. It was therefore a tragedy that Rangers should finally open the scoring in the fashion they did. Peter van Vossen's pace took him clear of the Thistle defence and he squared the ball to Brian Laudrup, who would have had a clear strike at goal. But Thompson slid back to intercept and looked on in despair as he beat his own goalkeeper.

Quality always shines through, and Gascoigne produced his 10 minutes before the break. Thistle's attacking bravado left them drastically exposed with seven men in the opposing penalty area. Rangers sprinted away and Gascoigne showed wonderful close control as he squirmed past Ian MacArthur and Graeme Bennett before picking his spot from the edge of the box.

Rangers returned after the break without Gordan Petric, transformed into a 4-4-2 formation with Alex Cleland joining midfield. This shut down much of Thistle's space and for much of the second half Rangers were taking turns to shoot. At the back though was Calder who produced a string of critical saves stopping van Vossen, Charlie Miller and Ally McCoist. He could do little about Gascoigne's second goal, however. Brian Laudrup swung over a cross from the left and Gascoigne headed home with McCoist on hand should a helping touch have been needed.

Thistle's heart never faltered and they continued to play some attractive football with Stewart turning David Robertson beautifully before sidefooting just wide three minutes later. They also produced the best move of the game when a Stewart flick allowed Christie to set up John Scott.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Telephone Sales Advisor - OTE £35,000

£18000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Telephone Sales Advisor is re...

Recruitment Genius: Appointment Maker - OTE £20,000

£14000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An office based Appointment Mak...

Recruitment Genius: Healthcare Assistant

£7 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This provider of care services is looking for...

Recruitment Genius: Lettings Administrator

£16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Purpose of Role: To co-ordinate maintena...

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent