Celtic into finally 16 as Scottish Cup holders Rangers also progress
Kyogo Furuhashi took his tally for the flavor to 20 goals as Celtic eased into the finally 16 of the Scottish Cup with a 5-0 win at place to second-tier Morton on Sabbatum before holders Rangers saw off St Johnstone 1-0.
Nippon forrad Furuhashi matched his total for finally flavor thanks to a first-half double inwards the fourth-round tie at Parkhead. Aaron Mooy also scored twice, with David Turnbull on target as good. Celtic went ahead from the penalty spot next a harsh VAR conclusion against former Hoops defender Efe Ambrose.
Bhoys manager Ange Postecoglou, who has made his opposition to VAR clear, had no want to revisit the topic as he praised Celtic’s approach to a potentially tricky loving cup tie: “I thought the attitude of the boys was great. You go into these games with a bit of trepidation about how the boys will react and I thought they reacted well,” he said.
Morton could have got broken the deadlock when Lewis Strapp was left one-on-one with Joe Hart only to shoot straight at the former England goalkeeper. At the other cease, Celtic’s Liel Abada had a shot blocked together with play continued.
But VAR eventually spotted that Abada’s shot had come up off the human foot of Jack Baird and so bounced upward away from goal together with brushed Ambrose’s arm, which was slightly away from his body. That was plenty for Napier to make up one’s mind on-field referee Kevin Clancy had made a “clear and obvious” error. Having looked at the pitchside monitor, Clancy awarded Celtic a penalty.
“I don’t know how Efe’s meant to get his hand out of the road. It takes a deflection and it’s so close. I just don’t know how they can give a penalty,” said Morton manager Dougie Imrie.
Rangers made it 9 games unbeaten under manager Michael Beale with full-back Borna Barisic’s thunderous shot on the stroke of half-time, after a Fashion Sakala travail came dorsum off the post, proving the difference at St Johnstone.
“I’m delighted to get through. We’ve had three games in six days. Fantastic mentality from the group,” said Beale.
Premiership high-flyers Livingston avoided a Cup upset past coming from behind to win 3-1 at League 2 Stenhousemuir. Top-flight Kilmarnock crush League 2 leaders Dumbarton 1-0, together with Dundee United also had a hard afternoon before seeing off Stirling Academy 3-0. Hearts, finally flavor’s losing finalists, create the small trip to Hibernian for an Edinburgh derby on Sun.