Conditions played their part in an attritional affair, with the Gers holding only a one-goal advantage at half-time.
However, despite the manager rotating his squad for this one, Rangers’ extra quality shone through in the end.
Joe Aribo impressed in midfield and grabbed a late goal, while Jermain Defoe looked razor-sharp up front and earned his Man of the Match award.
Despite Aberdeen vs Dundee going to extra time, the draw for the last eight was held shortly after the conclusion of the Gers game.
The possible opponents for the Gers were: Celtic, Kilmarnock, Aberdeen, Livingston, Hibernian, Partick Thistle and Hearts.
— SPFL (@spfl) August 18, 2019
Seven Premiership sides, then, with just the Jags flying the flag for the rest of the SPFL, after Sam Cosgrove’s extra-time winner knocked out Dundee.
In the end, the Gers drew Livingston away from home, with the tie set to be played midweek, between the 24th and 26th September.
Purely in terms of quality of opposition, this isn’t a bad draw. Livi have one of the lowest budgets in the top flight and after the departures of several key players over the summer, look less of a force than they were last term.
However, they do play on an artificial surface, which, as we know, can be something of a leveller.
Rangers fans disappointed with QF draw
The Gers lost 1-0 at the Tony Macaroni last September, and perhaps with memories of that result in their heads, plenty of Bears expressed their annoyance with the outcome of the draw.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
— 🇬🇧 𝙍𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙍𝙮𝙖𝙣 𝙅𝙖𝙘𝙠 🇬🇧 (@RampantRyanJack) August 18, 2019
Probably worst draw we could have got on that pitch 🙄
— Peter Adam (@petera1872) August 18, 2019
Ffs away on another plastic pitch ,time these pitches were banned they are a joke
— tony mac watson (@gorbalstony) August 18, 2019
Another plastic pitch 🤦♀️
— Emma Q 🏴🇬🇧 (@EKQuinny02) August 18, 2019
Not sure what games you have been watching. Worst of the lot for me.
— Tarbert (@Tarbertcrypto) August 18, 2019
Away again 🙈
— Kelly Cook (@zippy30) August 18, 2019
— Ross Brown 🇬🇧 (@RossBrown25) August 18, 2019
Another plastic pitch ffs we won’t be seeing Jamie Murphy bk in that game either rrrhhhh
— Chris Hughes (@feachies) August 18, 2019