The first-half of Rangers’ Scottish Cup clash with Cowdenbeath couldn’t have went much better.
Having made eight changes from Sunday’s win over Livingston, the Gers started on the front foot.

Confidence was high after three points at the weekend. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Andy Halliday opened the scoring from the edge of the area. Just 10 minutes later, Lassana Coulibaly doubled the advantage.
Then, just before the interval, Kyle Lafferty finally ended his drought.
It was an emphatic response to being left out of the squad at the weekend.

Lafferty finally got back on the scoresheet. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yet, the second-half was a different story altogether.
Almost immediately after the restart, the hosts got a penalty.
Jon Flanagan was the culprit, bundling over Kris Renton.
Wes Foderingham was equal to Harvey Swann’s poor effort from the spot, but David Cox reacted quickest to knock in the rebound.

That sequence of events changed the momentum of the game.
Thereafter, there were nervy moments at the back and Cowdenbeath’s Jordan Allan had a goal disallowed.
Clearly, the main aim this evening was progression to the next round.
Yet, although that was secured, the performance dropped in the second half and the penalty was the turning point.
Plenty of Rangers fans weren’t happy with the decision, claiming the incident clearly took place outside the box.


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