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Rangers 2-1 Morton - Gers edge past minnows in scary encounter

Rangers v Inverness - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Rangers edged out a determined Morton side to progress to the next round of the Scottish Cup at Ibrox.

Jim Duffy's men were put ahead after typical slapstick defending from Philippe Senderos and Andy Halliday saw Michael Tidser produce a fine finish, but Kenny Miller soon levelled before Martyn Waghorn completed the comeback in the second half.

Rangers seemed to be more direct and quicker to move the ball than under Mark Warburton's stewardship, but the changes were mostly fairly subtle, as you might expect. The players still frequently looked disjointed and low on confidence, and overall it was a highly forgettable performance, and the team were still determined to hand the opposition multiple chances to win the game.

Morton took the lead early on against the run of play when Halliday, failing to keep track of his man, and Senderos, being Philippe Senderos, allowed Tidser to get free and produce a fine finish which just swerved away from Wes Foderingham.

Rangers continued to harry their opponents, and it wasn't long before they were level. Barrie McKay embarked on a fine solo run into the box, before his left-footed shot was saved. The rebound fell to Miller, however, who coolly slotted it through the crowd of bodies in the area to draw Rangers level.

Emerson Hyndman also went close after picking up a fine pass from McKay before producing an excellent turn and shot, but his effort was tipped onto the bar. Another error from Senderos allowed Aidan Nesbitt a great chance to score, but the on-loan Tim blazed wildly over.

After half-time, Morton created some chances, but Rangers still continued to press for a winner. They eventually found it through an odd goal, when Morton were struck with an attack of the Senderoses. Poor defending allowed Hyndman to get a shot away from close range and a tight angle, and while it was saved, it squirmed across the goal-line for Waghorn to supply an easy tap-in.

Waghorn missed an easy chance right at the death after more fine work from McKay, but Rangers almost suffered immediately as a mix-up between Hodson and the uncharacteristically poor Foderingham caused Morton to get a clear sight of an open goal, but not for the first time they wasted the chance.

Into the hat for the next round after a poor display, then. Draw coming up...