Kai Kennedy was the Scottish Cup hero for Falkirk as his winner fired the Bairns to Hampden before Rangers drew an instant shot at redemption against Celtic.
The Rangers loanee, 20, nabbed the headlines for the League One club by scoring the winner in Falkirk to cap a comeback against Championship rivals Ayr United.
Dipo Akinyemi had given the Honest Men an early lead at the Falkirk Stadium but Callum Morrison equalised with a second half penalty before super sub Kai Kennedy netted the winner.
It is the biggest moment of the talented Rangers kid’s career to date, with the once highly-rated attacker seeing his career stagnate after high-profile links to the likes of Man City and Bayern Munich in 2019.
And the victory has earned Kai Kennedy and Falkirk a Hampden semi-final against Championship outfit Inverness Caledonian Thistle as the club hope to make their first Scottish Cup Final since 2015.
This comes after Caley defeated Premiership Kilmarnock 2-1 over the weekend in what was undoubtedly the result of the Scottish Cup weekend.
Kai Kennedy sends Falkirk through as Rangers draw Celtic
Rangers have also been drawn against Celtic at Hampden as Michael Beale is offered an instant shot at Scottish Cup redemption against our eternal rivals.
The Gers came up woefully short in this month’s League Cup Final, a dispiritingly lacklustre and timid performance adding to the pain of losing 2-1 against our treble-hungry rivals.
Rangers boss Michael Beale came in for considerable criticism for his role in that defeat, with the Rangers manager accused of getting his starting XI, half-time changes and eventual substitutions all wrong.
Rangers fans will be expecting a substantially different performance at Hampden this time around and that will start with demands to change the team from the same old faces who’ve let us down v Celtic time and again.
Todd Cantwell, who didn’t start in the last Rangers Celtic clash at Hampden, also continues to impress.