Rangers hammer Ayr to reach quarters - highlights & report

From BBC - February 11, 2018

Alfredo Morelos and Josh Windass both scored twice as Rangers came from a goal down to thump Ayr United and move into the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

Ayr took a surprise early lead when Wes Foderingham made a hash of a clearance and Alan Forrest forced the ball in.

Morelos made up for a terrible miss in front of goal with a superb finish.

Quick-fire second-half strikes from Jason Cummings, Windass and Morelos put Rangers in control before further goals from Windass and Jamie Murphy.

Having fallen further behind Raith Rovers at the top League One after last week's home defeat by Alloa Athletic and with their list of experienced absentees growing, Ayr did not have their troubles to seek heading into a game few gave them a chance of winning.

Manager Ian McCall was not even able to be present, the former Rangers winger having received medical advice to stay away following an emergency eye operation on Tuesday.

Rangers counterpart Graeme Murty saw his chance to take advantage and handed Morelos, whose form had dipped after a failed 8m January bid from Chinese club Beijing Rehne, a start up front in a two-pronged attack with on-loan Nottingham Forest man Cummings.

Ayr would have been forgiven for wishing their clearance of pre-match snow off the Somerset Park pitch had not been so successful.

However, as the sun shone brightly, a defence in which former Dunfermline Athletic pair Andy Geggen and Paddy Boyle had been pressed into action despite pre-match doubts about their fitness, restricted Rangers to a speculative Declan John shot wide in the fairly even early stages.

Ayr's growing confidence was sent high into the west coast stratosphere when Foderingham's control deserted him as he tried to collect a David Bates back-pass and, as the English goalkeeper attempted to clear a couple of yards from his goal-line, Forrest slid in to deflect in an unlikely opener.

The 21-year-old striker's seventh goal of the season for the most prolific side in Scottish football added to the family tally for the weekend, older brother James having graced Saturday's 3-2 win over Partick Thistle with a hat-trick for Celtic.

Rangers looked rattled and Foderingham's nerves showed again as he was beaten to a high ball by Lawrence Shankland and Declan McDaid fired the rebound well over.

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