Kirk Broadfoot scored the winning penalty for Inverness who defied the odds to defeat Arbroath on penalties after a 0-0 draw at Gayfield.
His time at Ibrox won’t be looked back with great fondness from Rangers fans, however, he was part of a three in a row squad and played in a UEFA Cup Final back in 2008 – an apt reminder considering the big match on Thursday.
He left Rangers in 2012 after administration, deciding not to transfer his contract over and moved to English Championship side Blackpool, playing there for 2 years before having spells at Rotherham and back in Scottish Football with Kilmarnock, St Mirren and now Inverness.
Former Rangers winger Tom Walsh was also part of the squad but missed out through injury as he was subbed off in the previous round against Partick Thistle as we previously reported.
The defender put in a man of the match performance, watching his side go down to ten men after a poor display from Willie Collum.
The whistler will oversee the Scottish Cup Final tie against Hearts on the 21st of May at Hampden, just three days after the Europa League Final in Seville, and many fans will be concerned at his card happy performance tonight.
Collum has refereed four Rangers games this season, the two at St Johnstone, the recent Old Firm clash at Ibrox and ironically the 5-0 Rangers drubbing of Hearts at Ibrox in February.
As we know, he is a vastly experienced referee, becoming an elite FIFA referee alongside Craig Thomson in 2012 and has experience of Scottish Football’s showpiece event, having refereed the 2013, 2017 and 2019 finals respectively.
It will be interesting to see not only how Rangers line up, but perform in the final given the emotional and physical torment that the players will go through in Seville, regardless of the result.