Rangers are out of the Scottish Cup as the Ibrox side crashed out of the tournament on penalties after a 1-1 draw with St Johnstone.

The Gers were hoping to complete a league and cup double in this tournament but were second best for large spells of the match and struggled to match the commitment of their Saints counterparts.

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Zander Clark was the hero for St Johnstone as the Gers crashed out of the Scottish Cup. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers spurned a succession of decent chances but over the piece did not perform at a high enough level befitting of the nation’s Champions with St Johnstone the hungrier of the two sides.

After the match went to extra time at Ibrox Rangers captain James Tavernier had shown fans what they’ve been missing with a late header to put the Gers in front.

The Ibrox skipper rose at the back post to powerfully nod the ball home from a stunning Joe Aribo cross in a moment which appeared to secure progression for Steven Gerrard’s side.

However as Callum Davidson’s team huffed and puffed for a way back into the match they’d eventually earn an equaliser from the unlikeliest of sources.

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Goalkeeper Zander Clark popped up in injury time at the end of extra time to force the game to penalties via Chris Kane and the Scottish stopper would be the hero again in the penalty shoot-out.

Gers captain James Tavernier and striker Kemar Roofe had admittedly weak spot kicks saved by the goalkeeper whilst Saints scored all four of their spot kicks.

The result means Rangers’ Scottish Cup hoodoo will stretch beyond 12 years with the last time the club won the tournament coming in 2009, when Nacho Novo scored the only goal in a win against Falkirk.

Rangers fans were left fuming with the result on Twitter as they saw their Scottish Cup hopes disappear courtesy of a second late goal conceded in the space of four days:

 

Rangers will now look to go the league season unbeaten but this is certainly a sickener of a result with the trophy within the club’s grasp.

The Gers are reportedly eager to sign new players ahead of the next campaign with the club reportedly closing in on two pre-contract striker deals.

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