Rangers 2-0 Celtic: Gerrard’s side end rivals’ four-year Scottish Cup

The Rangers midfielder tormented Diego Laxalt and was instrumental in both Rangers' goals

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Steven Davis’ superb acrobatic finish gave Rangers an early lead

Rangers ended Celtic’s four-year Scottish Cup reign – and doomed them to a first trophy-less season since 2010 – to reach the quarter-finals with the Old Firm derby victory at Ibrox.

The kick over the head from Steven Davis and an own goal from Jonjoe Kenny before half-time made for an exciting and chance-laden match.

Celtic’s wasted finish resulted in Odsonne Edouard’s low penalty being stopped in the finals.

Steven Gerrard’s side will host St Johnstone in the final eight next weekend.

After crushing Celtic’s bid for a 10th consecutive league title, Rangers now have three wins after adding the Scottish Cup after extending their home record by 100% in domestic football this season.

They showed a ruthless advantage the visitors couldn’t match as Ibrox’s men won five unbeaten Old Firm games, including four wins.

Five years to the day since their last Scottish Cup loss, a shootout loss to Rangers, Celtic have fallen again to their biggest rivals. From quadruple to triple to empty hands in the space of four months.

Celtic has had its moments. Many of them. Stephen Welsh missed a blatant equalizer opportunity and Edouard and Mohamed Elyounoussi were the main culprits after the break.

Ultimately, their lack of cruelty was clinically revealed by a Rangers side who gobbled up both of their failed first-half chances.

Joe Aribo, the game’s peerless player, was the architect of the two, tormenting left-back Diego Laxalt who was put out of his misery when he was substituted at halftime.

By then, the damage was done and would prove insurmountable.

The opening scorer – Davis – was as unlikely as the execution of the goal. Aribo took possession of the ball on the right when referee Bobby Madden played the lead after Ryan Kent was struck by the Welshman from 30 yards.

The midfielder jumped inside and attempted a shot that bounced off Kristoffer Ajer and looped through the air where Davis, 36, applied an acrobatic and emphatic finish for his second goal of the season.

When Celtic woke up to respond, he should have been level. Edward’s scathing shot drew a save from Allan McGregor before Ryan Christie passed away and Callum McGregor was narrowly deflected.

John Kennedy’s side kept the pressure on and the young Welsh center-back kind of shot away from goal at close range after the delivery from David Turnbull.

The Rangers fought back, Nathan Patterson’s raids on the right flank being a hallmark of their game. The 19-year-old full-back passed Laxalt and Scott Brown before hitting a shot into the side net.

The second goal comes from the same area the Rangers are tackling weak link Laxalt. Aribo skinned the Uruguayan far too easily and his cut was called off by Kenny under pressure from Kent.

Celtic – with Greg Taylor in place of Laxalt at the break – had everything to do, but resumed with intention when Turnbull’s 20 strikes brought McGregor’s impressive diving stoppage.

Even better was coming from the Rangers goalie, getting his body in the way of a shot from Elyounoussi after the Norwegian danced past Filip Helander and Goldson. The rebound fell on Edouard, who threw the ball too high at close range.

Celtic’s finish was their downfall again when Elyounoussi took a heavy touch which allowed McGregor to come together after Edward’s square pass left the goal gaping.

Rangers tried to kill the tie on the counterattack, but Alfredo Morelos could only get one shot at Scott Bain after the Celtic goalkeeper couldn’t hold back an effort from Kent.

The hosts’ lead looked set to be halved to 11 minutes from when Aribo pushed substitute Leigh Griffiths to concede a penalty. Edward’s effort lacked power, however, as McGregor dove to his right to save.

The final act was as Griffiths hit a corner in added time, summing up Celtic’s day as Rangers dream of a first brace since 2011.

Man of the Match – Joe Aribo

The Rangers midfielder tormented Diego Laxalt and was instrumental in both Rangers’ goals

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