Rangers strolled through the Scottish Cup clash with Cove Rangers at Ibrox, winning 4-0 over the League One side to set up an Old Firm tie with Celtic in the next round as they look to secure a domestic double this season.

The Gers made seven changes from last month’s Old Firm draw at Parkhead, with Scott Wright making his first start for the club following his January move from Aberdeen and the winger impressed as he put in a man of the match performance.

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Jermain Defoe celebrates with Scott Arfield and Steven Davis after scoring the first goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup Third Round match between Rangers and Cove Rangers  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

After looking like running away with things in the early stages, it took Rangers 23 minutes to break the deadlock as Jermain Defoe scored from distance with the Gers dominating the game.

Kemar Roofe then helped himself to a quickfire double before Nathan Patterson rounded out the first half with the fourth goal, as the Gers romped to a comfortable win over the League One title challengers.

The Gers couldn’t add to their advantage but never looked in danger of conceding as they cruised into the Fourth Round with the comfortable win and will look forward to their bitter rivals heading across the city in two weeks.

Here’s how Steven Gerrard’s stars performed against their League One namesakes:

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Jon McLaughlin – 7

A rare start for the veteran shot-stopper and had very little to do as Cove struggled to get out of their own area at times.

Nathan Patterson – 8

Bombed up and down the right and got his reward just before the break as he scored the fourth goal of the night with a lovely finish. Fantastic performance as the teenager looks more and more capable of replacing Tavernier in the near future.

Connor Goldson – 7

Continued as captain in James Tavernier’s absence and will have fewer easier nights than he did against Cove. Cove’s strikers will be annoyed not to have at least made him work for his clean sheet and the biggest problem he faced came from a short, headed pass from Helander.


Filip Helander – 7

Swedish international strolled through the opening 45 before being caught with a heavy tackle and limping off at the break. Returned for the second 45 and will have been pleased to have picked up another clean sheet.

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Nathan Patterson makes it 4-0(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Calvin Bassey – 7

Former Leicester City kid worked hard to support the front three from deep and regularly charged forward to provide extra width. Not tested much defensively but a solid shift from the defender.

Scott Arfield – 7

Lots of energy to snuff out the rare forays forward from Cove, always there to mop up when things broke down and constantly offering to go beyond when Rangers pushed forward.

Glen Kamara – 8

Never looks like he breaks a sweat as he waltzed through the game with a cigar in his mouth. Positioning is always spot on and constantly giving team-mates an option for a pass.

Steven Davis – 7

International record-breaker strolled through the game as he made a surprise start with Zungu out and the 36-year-old never missed a beat as he controlled everything in midfield – replaced at the break by Ianis Hagi (6)

Scott Wright  – 9

Started brightly and had the first real chance of the game as the Gers pushed for an early opener. Looked really impressive, albeit against part-time opposition, and will be hoping he can retain his place in the side this weekend in the league.

Kemar Roofe – 8

A couple of early chances, including hitting the post, as Rangers looked for the opener then scored a quickfire double. Plenty of energy from the striker before he was replaced by Cedric Itten (5) for the final 30 minutes.

Jermain Defoe – 8

Looked shard before rifling home the opener to make it 30 goals in 67 appearances for Rangers. An impressive performance from the veteran Englishman. Replaced by Greg Stewart (4) with 20 minutes left.

Read our match report as the Gers booked their place in the Fourth Round with a comfortable win at Ibrox

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