Well, that was a little bit special.
Rangers produced arguably their best performance of the season to demolish Dundee and set up a Hampden Park semi-final, with Harry Forrester lashing the ball past Scott Bain at his near post inside thirteen seconds, before Jason Holt finished off a sublime passing move early on in the second half. An Andy Halliday free-kick and a great solo goal from Lee Wallace rounded up the afternoon.
It was really hard to pick the best moment here, there were so many to choose from. About nine players could've got Man of the Match. The passing and movement was sensational. And Gary Harkins sclaffed literally every single touch in the entire game.
Nonetheless, here are some things to take away:
1. And now they're gonnae believe us...
Rangers were heavy favourites at the bookies for this game, yet bizarrely the inverse when it came to most of the pundits. The reason is simple: Most of them haven't watched us very often this season. They have drawn their opinions from stats on goals and assists without caveat, with an added touch of "och it's only the Championship" and fail to see the quality in the side r its constituent parts. In addition, plenty of folk still believed that Rangers were vulnerable at the back, having not witnessed our huge improvement defensively since the turn of the year.
All that will now be blown away. You can bet your life that Rangers will now be talked up as massive contenders for the Scottish Cup, and potential challengers next year. The "Rangers need eight or nine new signings" patter might also disappear. Across the city, it will be dawning on many in the East End that the gap is embarrassingly narrow, and that they've allowed their club to squander their big opportunity while they were all busy predicting Admin 2.
This result isn't a surprise. We knew we were this good. Now everybody else does too.
2. You want the shoot? You can't handle the shoot
A truly magnificent performance from Gary Harkins, for whom absolutely nothing came off all game - overhit passes, miscontrolled balls, and shots sclaffed into Row Z were the order of the day. Well in, big man.
3. Alright, bring them on
Celtic might be abysmal at the moment, but it's still hard to see them losing to Morton. Yet they're facing a team in a title race that aren't very good, and a couple of wins with Aberdeen dropping points could soon see their confidence return. We should be wanting to play them as soon as possible, even if it does mean going into battle without Martyn Waghorn. We're ready. We can do it. Let's give them the sporting integrity they deserve and kick them when they're down.